Trustees

Governor Kay Ivey Kay Ivey
ex officio Chair
Governor, State of Alabama
Sworn in 2017

Gov. Kay Ivey is the 54th governor of the state of Alabama. After graduating from Auburn University in 1967, Ivey worked as a high school teacher and as a bank officer at the Merchants National Bank of Mobile. She served as reading clerk of the Alabama House of Representatives under Speaker Joseph C. McCorquodale and as assistant director of the Alabama Development Office, where she worked to spur job creation and economic development across the state.

Ivey was elected state treasurer in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006. As treasurer, Ivey was committed to making the office more open, transparent, and efficient.

She was elected lieutenant governor in 2010, becoming the first Republican woman to hold the office in Alabama’s history.

Ivey is a member of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, the Montgomery Rotary Club, and the Board of Directors of the Montgomery YMCA. She is also the first Girls State alumnus to be elected to an Alabama Constitutional Office.


Kenneth O. SimonKenneth O. Simon
Chair pro tempore
State at Large
Attorney
Appointed 2009

Kenneth O. Simon, a Birmingham attorney, is chair of the USA Board of Trustees and an alumnus. A native of Mobile, Simon received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from USA in 1976. He received his law degree from the University of Alabama in 1979

Simon practiced law in Mobile for several years and, in Washington, D.C., was a White House Fellow and served as a special assistant to Attorney General William French Smith. He also served as an assistant director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division. He later served as a Circuit Judge in Jefferson County, Ala.

At the University of Alabama, Simon was a member of the Moot Court national team and the Bench & Bar Legal Honorary Society. At USA, Simon was very active as an undergraduate, serving as Student Government Association president – the first African-American elected to that position - and on the varsity debate team.

Simon has been actively involved in community service throughout is career. In Mobile, he served on the boards of the United Way and Volunteer Mobile, and he was the initial president and founding member of the Bay Area Food Bank.

Simon received the Howard F. Mahan Award as USA’s outstanding graduating history major and the Blanche Cox Award as the University’s most outstanding student. In 2007, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the USA National Alumni Association, which is its most prestigious alumni honor.

Simon and his wife, Sabrina, live in Birmingham and are the parents of three children.


James H. ShumockJames H. Shumock
Vice Chair
State at Large
Business Administration
Appointed 2010

James H. Shumock earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Alabama in 1980. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Shumock is the chairman and chief executive officer of Thompson Holdings, Inc., a Mobile firm that includes Thompson Engineering, Watermark Design Group and Thompson Consulting Services.

Thompson was established in 1953 in Mobile, and today, the three firms under the Thompson banner provide a broad range of architectural, engineering and related consulting services. Shumock’s tenure with Thompson spans three decades, during which he has filled various roles and was instrumental in developing the company’s transportation services business throughout the Southeast.

Shumock serves on the USA National Alumni Association Board, is the president of the Jaguar Athletic Fund and recently received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the USA National Alumni Association.

Shumock has served in leadership roles on the Alabama Commission on Infrastructure, the Alabama Road Builders Association, and the Mobile Area Sports Commission. He has been an officer and director with the Coastal Conservation Association, the Mobile Jaycees and the Greater Gulf State Fair, and he is a past president of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. He also participated in Leadership Mobile.

Shumock and his wife, Debbie, live in Spanish Fort. They have one daughter.

Arlene MitchellArlene Mitchell
Secretary
33rd District
Mobile County
Philanthropist and Civic Volunteer
Appointed 2007

Arlene Mitchell is a civic leader and Mobile philanthropist whose family has generously supported the University of South Alabama.

Mitchell, who attended the University of Pennsylvania, has served on various boards, including the Mobile Preschool for the Sensory Impaired, Senior Citizens Services of Mobile, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama, the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, the Dauphin Street Synagogue Sisterhood and the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. Mitchell is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of South Alabama.

Mitchell is a previous recipient of the Mobilian of the Year Award. In 1997, the Arlene F. Mitchell Philanthropy Award was established in her honor.

Mitchell was married to the late Mayer Mitchell, brother of Abraham A. “Abe” Mitchell. For their extraordinary contributions, USA’s Mitchell Center, Mitchell Cancer Institute and Mitchell College of Business were named to honor the Mitchell family.

Mitchell was appointed to complete her husband’s term on the USA Board of Trustees following his death in 2007. She has four children.

Katherine Alexis AtkinsKatherine Alexis Atkins
Mobile County
Human Resources
Appointed 2016

Alexis Atkins, vice president of human resources/principal in co-ownership of Budweiser Busch Distributing, Inc., of Mobile, is a 1997 graduate of the University of South Alabama with a major in human resources.

Atkins is a member of the Jaguar Athletic Fund board, the USA Mitchell College of Business board of advisors, and Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly the Bay Area Food Bank), of which she is the past chairman. Atkins is also past president of the University of South Alabama National Alumni Association and Executive Women International.

At Budweiser Busch Distributing, Atkins provides comprehensive management of human resources for the beverage distributor, ensures compliance and enforcement of all state and federal mandates regarding employment, and is responsible for policy development and administration, risk management, and administration of employee records and benefits.

Atkins and her husband, Michael, reside in Mobile and have five children.

Chandra Brown StewartChandra Brown Stewart
Mobile County
Business Administration
Appointed 2014

Chandra Brown Stewart, executive director of Lifelines Counseling Services, holds a master’s degree in community counseling from the University of South Alabama. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Pre-Med from Xavier University in New Orleans.

Brown Stewart is a member of the Leadership Mobile Class of 2001; a past board member of Victory Health Partners, the Mobile Civic Center Advisory Board, Prevent Child Abuse Alabama Board, Mobile United and the Friends of the African-American Heritage Trail; and a general member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

In 2010, Mobile Bay Monthly named Brown Stewart one of their “40 Under 40 - Mobile’s Best and Brightest.” She received the Women of Achievement Rising Star Award from the YWCA and the Community Awareness Award from the Mobile Press Club. In 2002, she was a torch bearer for the Winter Olympics. She joined the Junior League of Mobile in 2001 and is a past president of the organization.

Brown Stewart is married to Leonard Stewart Jr. They are members of St. Mary Parish, where she served on the parish council in 2011 and was lector from 2007-2011.

Dr. Scott A. CharltonDr. Scott A. Charlton
25th District
Coffee and Crenshaw Counties
Physician
Appointed 2007

Dr. Scott A. Charlton, an Enterprise, Ala., physician, is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He served as class president and earned top honors.

Following medical school, Charlton completed his residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Hartford. He graduated with honors from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in biology.

Charlton, an ear, nose and throat specialist, practices at Wiregrass ENT and serves on the staff at Medical Center Enterprise and Dale Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Allergy. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Charlton and his wife, Ashley, have four children and live in Enterprise.

E. Thomas CorcoranE. Thomas Corcoran
21st District
Baldwin and Escambia Counties
Business Administration
Appointed 2010

E. Thomas "Tom" Corcoran is a 1970 graduate of the University of South Alabama with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He was CEO of Fort Dodge Animal Health, a leading manufacturer of vaccines and pharmaceuticals for animals.

Corcoran led the company from a $28 million U.S.-based business to a billion-dollar global company. Under Corcoran's leadership, Fort Dodge Animal Health pioneered a number of industry advancements, including a Lyme disease vaccine and a West Nile vaccine.

He is past chairman of the Animal Health Institute, a trade association that represents the animal health industry. Prior to his retirement, Corcoran received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Animal Pharm, a leading publication for the animal health industry. He also received the Banfield Industry Leadership Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Veterinary Distributors Association, and the Industry Leadership Award from the Kansas City Economic Development Authority.

Corcoran previously served on the board of Animal Health International. He currently serves on the board of directors of Phibro, where he is chairman of the audit committee. He also serves on the board of Putney, a Maine-based company engaged in the development of generic pharmaceuticals for companion animals. Corcoran holds the position of lead director at Putney.

Corcoran is married to Dr. Barbara Blumer Corcoran. They have three children.

Dr. Steven P. FurrDr. Steven P. Furr
19th District
Choctaw, Clarke, and Washington Counties
Physician
Appointed 2006

Dr. Steven P. Furr is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1976 and a medical degree in 1981. Following his medical school training, Furr completed his residency at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Furr is a board-certified family physician in Jackson, Ala., at Family Medical Clinic of Jackson. He is affiliated with Jackson Medical Center, where he has served as chief of medical staff. Furr has served as an adjunct assistant professor in USA’s College of Medicine. 

Furr served as president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in 2013. He is a past president of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians and the Alabama Medical Directors Association. He is a delegate to the American Medical Association as well as to the Congress of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Furr and his wife, Lisa, are active members of McCann’s United Methodist Church in Jackson. He is the past conference lay leader for the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves as the chair of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy as well as on the Commission on the General Conference.

Robert D. Jenkins IIIRobert D. Jenkins III
United States at Large
Business Administration
Appointed 2014

Robert “Ron” D. Jenkins III, an executive at Raytheon Missile Systems, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama and a master’s degree in National Security Affairs/Naval Technical Intelligence from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a distinguished graduate of both the Naval War College and the Armed Forces Staff College. Jenkins is a proven specialist in strategic planning, technical intelligence, electronic warfare and air defense.

Jenkins joined the Raytheon Company in 2003 and is the director of the Precision Stand Off Strike Mission area in Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz. In his previous Raytheon position, he was the business development executive for the Naval Weapon System/Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.

He was also director of the CVN 21 (21st Century Aircraft Carrier-USS Gerald R. Ford) ) program for Raytheon Integrated Systems Defense Systems.

Jenkins was a career U.S. Navy surface warfare officer, rising to the rank of captain. He commanded the Guided Missile Frigate USS McInerney (FFG-8) during Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield and the Aegis Guided Missile Cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) where he led combat strike operations during Operation Allied Force and NATO Operation Sharp Guard. He also served as the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (Theater Combat Systems) and received the U.S. Navy’s VADM James B. Stockdale and U.S. Navy League John Paul Jones Inspirational Leadership awards.

In 2007, Jenkins received the USA National Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award. He is on the board of directors of the USA National Alumni Association and is a trustee for the U.S. Naval War College Foundation.


Bettye R. Maye Bettye R. Maye
20th District
Marengo and Sumter Counties
Retired Educator
Appointed 1993

Bettye R. Maye is a retired educator with 38 years of teaching experience. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business education/English from Alabama State University in 1960 and a master’s degree in education, with a focus on secondary education and English, from Livingston University in 1973.

Maye also studied at Tuskegee Institute and Simmons College in Boston.

During most of her career, Maye was an English instructor at Livingston High School in Livingston, Ala. She taught at Sumter County High School, North Sumter High School, and Belmont High School, and served as a part-time associate professor at Livingston University.

Maye is chairperson of the Sumter County Board of Human Resources. She is a former president of the Sumter County Education Association and served as the president and secretary/treasurer of the Alabama Association of Classroom Teachers, a division of the Alabama Education Association. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Education Association for two terms.

Maye is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the First Baptist Church of Livingston. She was married to the late Lloyd C. Maye and has two children.

Bryant MixonBryant Mixon
State at Large
Retired Sheriff
Appointed 2001

Bryant Mixon is a native of Ozark, Ala., and a retired sheriff of Dale County, Ala. He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Auburn University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Troy University.

He was chosen president of his class at the Montgomery Police Academy, and he also completed the FBI National Academy.

Mixon, who devoted 31 years to law enforcement, served as sheriff from 1983 until his retirement in 2007. He served six terms, running unopposed on four occasions. During his career, he was the first sheriff from Dale County to be chosen to serve on the board of the National Sheriffs Association. Mixon also was selected to serve on the NSA executive committee.

Under Mixon’s leadership, Dale County became the second county in the state to implement a non-smoking jail system. It was also on the forefront with a regional computer center that linked the county to state and national agencies and kept the county abreast of crime trends and developmental patterns. The national Project Lifesaver program was also implemented, which continues to assist with search and rescue capabilities for people with Alzheimer’s, autism and other conditions.

In a gesture that perhaps was the greatest honor for his service as sheriff, the Dale County Commission renamed the jail the Bryant Mixon Building.

John M. PeekJohn M. Peek
17th District
Butler, Conecuh, and Covington Counties
Attorney
Appointed 2006

John M. Peek is an alumnus of the University of South Alabama, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business and management studies in 1987. He went on to earn a law degree at the University of Alabama, and is an attorney practicing in Andalusia.

Peek is a life member of the USA National Alumni Association and is a former member and treasurer of its board.

He is a former two-term member of the Board of Bar Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar and served on the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission along with committees including Appointed Counsel Indigent Representation and Finance and Audit.

Peek is the governor’s representative to the Alabama Law Institute.

He is a member of the Lower Alabama Arts Coalition Advisory Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Andalusia Tennis Association.

A native of Dozier, Ala., in Crenshaw County, Peek and his wife, Barbara, live in Andalusia and are the parents of three sons. The family attends Christ the King Catholic Church in Andalusia where Mr. Peek serves as a member of the Parish Council.

Dr. Steven H. StokesDr. Steven H. Stokes
35th District
Henry and Houston Counties
Physician
Appointed 1993

Dr. Steven H. Stokes, a radiation oncologist, earned his medical degree at the University of South Alabama in 1980. He returned to his hometown of Dothan several years later to establish his medical practice and currently is medical director of the Southeast Cancer Center.

Stokes received a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, working his way through college on an ROTC scholarship, before leading a platoon in Vietnam in the early 1970s.

His military service took him to Arlington National Cemetery, where he coordinated funerals and accommodations for grieving families. While Stokes attended medical school in Mobile, his wife, Angelia, received her business degree from USA.

Stokes Hall is named after the couple, whose contributions to the University also include establishment of the Angelia and Steven H. Stokes Center for Creative Writing.

Stokes is chair pro tempore emeritus of the Board of Trustees. His public service also includes elected office as chairman of Dothan City Board of Education and two terms on the Dothan City Commission.

The Stokes’s have three sons.

Michael P. WindomMichael P. Windom
State at Large
Attorney
Appointed 2014

Michael P. Windom is an attorney in Mobile and a 1983 magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Alabama. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law. Prior to earning a bachelor’s degree in finance at USA, Windom served in the United States Army, Infantry, from 1975-1979.

Windom’s legal career began as associate attorney for insurance defense firm Brown, Hudgens, Richardson, PC, of Mobile. He later became a partner in the firm of Windom and Tobias, LLC, focusing on civil litigation practice. In 2011, he started Windom Law, LLC, a civil trial practice firm.

Windom has been Special District Judge for Mobile County since 1996 and is a member of the Alabama State Bar, and the Florida Bar. He previously served as treasurer of the Mobile Bar Association.

Windom served on the USA National Alumni Association board of directors from 1999-2006, and was association president in 2004-2005. He has been a board member of the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science Foundation since 2004, and was board chairman from 2009-2012.

Windom was also on the board of directors of L’Arche Mobile from 2005-2011. Windom is married to Marion Steinfels. He has three children and three grandchildren.

James A. YanceJames A. Yance
State at Large
Retired Attorney
Appointed 2006

Jim Yance, a lifelong resident of Mobile and Baldwin counties, graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1970 and then attended the University of Alabama School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 1973. He entered private practice with the firm of Cunningham, Bounds and Byrd, which later became Cunningham, Bounds, Yance, Crowder and Brown, and remained with the firm for 30 years. He later assumed “of counsel” status.

In 1975 he was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association and became the youngest president in the history of the organization in 1982 at the age of 35. In 1983 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 1985 at the age of 39. He was selected as an advocate by the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1992, is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Specialist. He served as president of the Mobile Bar Association in 2004. He has been listed in the national publication “The Best Lawyers in America” for many years and Chambers’ “Best Lawyers for Business.” He is included in the “Alabama Super Lawyers” list.

Yance has served his community and state in many civic and charitable activities including as chair pro tempore of the USA Board of Trustees and as a board member or chairman of the State of Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust, the University of Alabama Law School Foundation, the University of Alabama Law School Farrah Law Society, the Board of Alabama Trial Lawyers for Children, the Corporate Foundation for Children, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Alabama, the Moorer YMCA, the Southwest Alabama YMCA, and the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Yance has coached youth sports in both Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Yance lives near Malbis with his wife, Frances. He has four adult children.