College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Leadership Council
The Dean's Leadership Council, formed in 2005 by Dr. G. David Johnson, now Senior
Vice President of Academic Affairs, is comprised of civic and community leaders, alumni,
donors, and supporters of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Dean's Leadership
Council's mission is to gather a diverse group of individuals who share an interest
in the mission of the College and a commitment to contributing to the success of our
students. The Council serves as a source of support and counsel to the Dean of the
College, Dr. Andrzej Wierzbicki.
The responsibilities of the Council are to:
- Assist with strategic planning, helping identify opportunities and priorities for
the College from a community perspective;
- Investigate and suggest public/private and public/public partnership opportunities
for the College;
- Articulate and promote the accomplishments of the faculty, students, and alumni of
- In some circumstances, participate in the recruitment of key candidates for positions
in the College;
- Facilitate the success of community outreach efforts of the College.
Dean's Council Members, 2014-5
Ms. Gigi Armbrecht, Chair of DLC
Dr. M. Allam Baaheth
Dr. Sally Caldwell
Mr. Gerald Friedlander
Dr. Woody Hannum
Dr. Paul Helminger
Mr. John McCall
Ms. Patricia McCrory
Mr. Bill Oppenheimer
Ms. Rickie Voit
Information about Dean's Council Members
Ms. Gigi Armbrecht, Chairperson of the Dean’s Leadership Council, graduated from the
University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Later, she
earned two Master’s degrees from the University of South Alabama: one in Special Education,
and the other in Sociology. She served two full terms on the USA National Alumni Association
Board of Directors and received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service
in 2009. As a lifetime member of the Alumni Association, Armbrecht is grateful for
the education she received at the University of South Alabama. She emphasizes the
importance of being involved at the University and sees it as a way to help others
get the level of education they need to build the lives and careers they want.
Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Friedlander received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics
from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1961. In 1964, he received
a Bachelor of Law degree from Harvard Law School, and in 2008 he obtained a graduate
certification in gerontology from the University of South Alabama, where he received
the Outstanding Gerontology Graduate Student Award for 2007-2008. Friedlander utilized
his training at USA to jump-start a short but meaningful career in gerontology at
the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission, Area Agency on Aging. He retired in
2012. He says he enjoys meeting exceedingly talented undergraduate students who have
regaled their years at school and he likes to “talk it up” to anyone who will listen.
Dr. Sarah “Sally” Caldwell holds a Doctorate in School Administration from the University
of Missouri-St. Louis and a Master’s degree from the University of Hawaii. As an educational
consultant, specializing in character education and professional development, Caldwell
has served on program evaluations of several large-scale character education initiatives,
working with over 200 schools in a fourstate area and with national professional organizations.
Caldwell’s ties to USA include her father-in-law James F. Caldwell, who served as
Vice President for Development from 1964 to 1975, and the James and Ivel Caldwell
Scholarship in International Studies, which she and her husband, Jim, started with
other family members in 1993 to honor her husband’s parents. Jim Caldwell is a past
member of the Dean’s Leadership Council.
Mr. William W. Oppenheimer, a native of Mobile, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from
Yale University in 1975. In 2006, his company, Enveloc, Inc., a privately held, full
service offsite data backup and storage provider, moved its corporate headquarters
to the USA Technology and Research Park on campus. Oppenheimer’s career objective
is to continue to grow his company by providing a superior product and service. He
is drawn towards outdoor activities, especially turkey hunting, a passion he’s pursued
for over 50 years.
We will provide further information on Dean's Council members in the near future.