University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
December 6, 2010
Contact: Keith Ayers, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

Gov. Riley Appoints Alumnus James Shumock to USA Board of Trustees

James H. “Jimmy” Shumock
James H. “Jimmy” Shumock

Gov. Bob Riley has appointed University of South Alabama alumnus James H. “Jimmy” Shumock, of Mobile, to the USA Board of Trustees.

Shumock, who will hold a state at large seat on the board, succeeds retired labor relations leader Donald L. Langham of Mobile.

“The University thanks Don Langham for his longtime service to the board and his personal contributions to the institution’s success,” said USA President Gordon Moulton.

“In addition to being an accomplished alumnus of the University of South Alabama, Jimmy Shumock has been an involved and enthusiastic supporter for many years,” Moulton said. “USA will certainly benefit from his knowledge, perspective, and dedication to the institution.”

“My wife and I love the University of South Alabama, its mission, students and the people associated with it,” Shumock said.

“We have enjoyed seeing the University grow, and we have played an active part in the increasingly greater contribution USA is making to our community and region.  I look forward to my increased personal involvement as a trustee with the University in support of its continued progress.”

A certified public accountant, Shumock earned his bachelor’s degree in 1980 from USA’s Mitchell College of Business. He is currently the chief executive officer of Thompson Holdings Inc. and Thompson Engineering Inc., a multi-disciplined engineering design, environmental consulting, construction management, construction inspection and materials testing firm. He has more than 27 years of experience in the design and consulting business.

Shumock is a lifetime member of the USA National Alumni Association and serves as president of the Jaguar Athletic Fund, the volunteer and donor arm of the USA department of athletics. He has been instrumental in the success of Jaguar athletics for more than 25 years through the JAF, of which he was a founding member, and through earlier USA booster organizations.

Shumock’s firm, Thompson Engineering, has served for four years as title sponsor of the Jaguar Challenge Golf Tournament, the signature annual fundraising event for Jaguar athletics.  

Shumock has also supported academics at USA, and has endowed a scholarship program in the Mitchell College of Business.   He served as a member of the Leadership Team for Campaign USA, the University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign.  His company also has been a philanthropic supporter of USA, including support of Shelby Hall, the new home for the College of Engineering and the School of Computer and Information Sciences at USA.

In service to the Mobile community, Shumock is past officer and director of the Mobile Jaycees and the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo.  He has served as director of both the Greater Gulf State Fair and Coastal Conservation Association. He also has been involved in Leadership Mobile and the Mobile Area Sports Commission.

Shumock is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, among others.  He was also appointed to the Alabama Commission on Infrastructure by the speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and served as Designated Representative and Legislative Committee Member for the Alabama Road Builders Association.

Shumock and his wife, Debbie, have an adult daughter, Amanda S. King (Mrs. Matthew T. King), who resides in Atlanta.

Langham has served as a member of the USA Board of Trustees representing the state at large since his appointment in 1997 by then Gov. Fob James.

USA’s board has 17 members, including the governor and the state superintendent of education serving as ex-officio members.  Members are appointed by the governor, confirmed by the state Senate, and serve 12-year terms.


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