Movers & Shapers, December 2012
Spotlight on Lee & Russell counties
Terry Andrus, president and CEO of East Alabama Medical Center
Andrus has been president and CEO of East Alabama Medical Center, a 340-bed regional referral center in Opelika, since 1984. Before, he served as chief operating officer of EAMC and held administrative hospital positions in Lake Charles, La., Dothan and East Point, Ga. He is involved in several community activities, including past president of the Auburn and Opelika chambers of commerce, past president and member of the Opelika Kiwanis Club and past president and member of the United Way of Lee County. He is chairman of the Alabama Hospital Association and serves on that organization’s board of directors.
Cannon, Chattahoochee Valley Community College’s president and a certified public accountant, has held several senior level positions in technical colleges in Georgia, including 15 years at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon as vice president of administrative services. Before coming to CVCC, he was vice president of administrative services at DeKalb Technical College in metro Atlanta.
Cross has served as president of the Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce since 1991. Prior to that, he served as president of the Gadsden-Etowah Chamber of Commerce and president of the Vidalia/Toombs County Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce, among other chamber administrative positions. He is a member of several chamber-related organizations, and, under his tenure, the Phenix City-Russell County chamber received U.S. Chamber accreditation.
Culligan is an economic development manager with the city of Phenix City. He manages and oversees the economic development efforts in industrial and retail recruitment and retention. He was previously employed by Troy University’s Center for International Business and Economic Development and is currently pursuing professional certification as an economic developer. He also is a founding member of Phenix City’s first young professionals group, Phenix City-Russell County Emerging Leaders.
Dunlap, the city of Auburn’s director of economic development, first joined the city’s workforce in 1984, working as a recruiter for the Auburn Chamber of Commerce before being named to head what was then a new department. Since then, he has been involved in several projects generating about 6,000 jobs and about $940 million in capital investment. He also has extensive experience in industrial recruitment in Europe and Asia, as well as working on U.S.A.I.D. funded projects in Bulgaria, Serbia and Kosovo, primarily training municipal staffs in economic development.
Louise “LuLu” Formby
Formby is owner of LuLu’s Sweet Expectations LLC in Phenix City, a family-friendly candy shop and gourmet espresso and coffee bar. She has decorated designer wedding cakes and cakes for all occasions for 30 years and owned candy shops in Florida while a resident there. She also worked in banking and accounting for other companies. She is involved with local civic and charity groups, participating in events or contributing services or goods in association with the March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Event, American Cancer Society, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce, Doris C. Weaver’s Girls Club of Phenix City, Phenix City Parks and Recreation, local schools and more.
President of Auburn University since 2007, Gogue, an Auburn alumnus, engaged the talent and insight of the Auburn family through development of a dynamic and forward-thinking strategic plan to guide the school for the future. During his tenure, the academic strength of each freshman class has exceeded the previous record, surpassing in 2010 the goal set for 2013. He is former president of New Mexico State University, president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System, among several other posts in academia. He also worked for the National Park Service, rising to the position of chief administrative scientist.
Fuller, mayor of Opelika since 2004, is beginning his third term. He was president and CEO of Fuller Broadcasting Co. from 1985 until he sold the company in 1998. His six stations received several awards for community service and local news coverage. He is founder of Gary Fuller Consulting and managing general partner for Fuller Properties LTD. He is a former Opelika City Council member, serving from 2000 to 2004. He is a member of several community and civic organizations, and he has been honored by many of those groups for his service. He is a member of Leadership Alabama Class of 2006.
Bill Ham Jr.
Bill Ham Jr. has served as Auburn’s mayor since 1998 but was first elected to the Auburn City Council in 1986. Some of his major accomplishments include fostering a significant commitment of municipal appropriations to Auburn’s award-winning school system, excellent working partnerships with Auburn University, Lee County and the state of Alabama, and the recruitment of approximately 50 industries that have invested more than $800 million in Auburn. Ham, an Auburn native, owns and operates Varsity Enterprises Inc.
Huguley is director of economic development for the city of Opelika and serves as secretary to the Opelika Industrial Development Authority. Prior to her appointment in June 2011, she was the economic development project manager for the city. She is a certified economic developer. She is a member of Junior League of Lee County and Leadership Lee County, along with several other professional organizations.
Lowe is Phenix City’s mayor-elect, winning without a runoff among four candidates. He is the city’s first African-American mayor. A former University of Alabama football star under Coach Bear Bryant and inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Lowe is a senior vice president at CB&T Bank of East Alabama, responsible for operation of all branches. He has served for more than 10 years on the Phenix City Board of Education and is active in United Way and other community organizations. He is chaplain and volunteer coach for Central High School in Phenix City, his alma mater.
Pearson is president of Southern Union State Community College. She began her career as an administrator at Auburn University, then entered the Alabama Community College System as a psychology instructor for 12 years before moving into administrative positions. She is a member of several professional organizations, and is very active in her community. She is the current president of the Alabama Community College Association.
Weete is executive director of the Auburn University Research and Technology Foundation (ARTF) and assistant vice president for technology transfer and commercialization at Auburn University. He also is professor emeritus at Auburn University. Weete serves on the Industrial Development Board for the city of Auburn. His responsibilities include strategic planning for the ARTF and Office of Technology Transfer. He is responsible for developing the Auburn Research Park and Auburn Business Incubator, developing industry relationships and providing oversight for the commercialization of technologies derived from faculty research. He has held other leadership positions, including vice president for research and economic development at West Virginia University and president of the WVU Research Corp.
Dozier Smith T
Smith T is the third generation owner of Winston Smith T Building Supply Co. in Opelika. He is a board member of Bancorp South, board vice president of East Alabama Medical Center Foundation, and active with the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, the Genealogical Society of East Alabama, Dixie Youth Baseball and Rotary Club, where he is a past president. He is a member of Leadership Lee County and has been active with Habitat for Humanity.
West is owner of two PakMail retail shipping stores and one of Lee County’s newest industries, East Alabama Shredding & Security, located in the Auburn Industrial Park. She is an appointed member of the Auburn City Schools board of Education. She has served as the Lee County Salvation Army board chair, on the Lee County Youth Development Center board, along with other community and civic groups. She is past president of the Auburn Rotary Club and was named Auburn Chamber of Commerce 2001 Small Business Person of the Year.