President: Philip A Sellers of Montgomery is an investment banker and president of Philip A. Sellers & Company, Inc. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and a retired Colonel in the United States Army. Mr. Sellers is presently a board member and former chairman of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, a board member and former president of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, a member and former president of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and a member and former chairman of the Committee of 100. He has also served on the boards of trustees of Huntingdon College and Sweet Briar College and is a past member and former chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. He is past president of the United Way, former vice chairman of the Alabama Prepaid Tuition Plan, former chairman and board member of the Alabama State Council of the Arts and former board member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Vice President: Joseph M. Farley of Birmingham, former president of the Alabama Power Company, is Of Counsel to the law firm of Balch & Bingham. Mr. Farley joined Alabama Power in 1965 where he served as Chief Executive Officer. He was also the first Chief Executive Officer of Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc. He has held a number of positions in the power industry, including chairman of the board of the American Nuclear Energy Council and director of the U. S. Council for Energy Awareness, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operation and the Edison Electric Institute. He has won a number of awards for his leadership in the power and nuclear power industries. Mr. Farley is also well known for his participation in many civic and charitable activities. He is a graduate of Princeton University, attended graduate school at the University of Alabama and earned a law degree from Harvard School of Law.

Treasurer: Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins of Birmingham is a retired educator and historian. She holds three degrees from Auburn University, including a doctoral degree in history. She taught history for fourteen years at Auburn and thirteen years at Samford University, before returning to Auburn in 1985, where she served as director of the Auburn University Center for the Arts & Humanities until her retirement in 1995. Dr. Atkins has published a number of works dealing with Alabama state and local history, including The Valley and the Hills: An Illustrated History of Birmingham and Jefferson County, and a biography of Birmingham philanthropist John M. Harbert, III. She is a co-author of Alabama: The History of a Deep South State, and of An Alabama Legacy: Images of a State, a pictorial history of Alabama sponsored by the Archives. She has been active in the Alabama Historical Association for forty years, serving as president and as secretary for ten years. She was a founding board member of Friends of the Archives, serving as president and as first editor of the Friends' Newsletter.

Created: March 14, 2002
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435