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9th Annual African American Alumni Reception

9th Annual African American Alumni Reception

Thursday, October 5th
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Craig Nixon '82 David Jernigan '99 Todd Cotton '90
Sheryl Gordon '87 Valerie Russell '97 Scott Dumas '93
Kathleen Baxter '89
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Auburn University at Montgomery | Office of Advancement
7515 Halcyon Summit Drive‚ Suite 102 | Montgomery‚ Alabama 36117

9th Annual African American Alumni Reception

Join us for fellowship and hors d’oeuvres as we celebrate diversity at the 9th annual African American Alumni Reception.

Thursday, October 5th

6 – 8 pm

Wynlakes Golf & Country Club

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Class Notes

Retired Brig. Gen. Craig Nixon '82 was recently inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame among a class of 17 soldiers from World War II all the way through today's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ceremony was part of the 75th Ranger Regiment's bi-annual change of command activities known as Ranger Rendezvous.  

Nixon earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from AUM in 1982.

David Jernigan '99 was recently sworn in as the new Chief of Madison Police Department.  He previously held a position as Deputy Chief for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. 

Jernigan earned a Master of Justice and Public Safety from AUM in 1999.

Governor Kay Ivey recently appointed Todd Cotton '90 as Acting Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Senior Services. Previously, Cotton served as the Chief Fiscal Officer and Assistant Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Senior Services.
Cotton earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from AUM in 1990.

Major General Sheryl Gordon '87  was recently appointed by Governor Kay Ivey as the new leader of the Alabama National Guard.  Gordon is the first woman to serve as adjutant general of the Guard.

Gordon earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master of Education from AUM in 1987 and 1992 respectively. 

Valerie Russell '97 was recently hired as the newest attorney at Jinks, Crow & Dickson in Montgomery, Alabama. She has tried numerous cases, had a million dollar verdict and settled hundreds of cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice.

Russell earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from AUM in 1997.

The Executive Board of FBI National Academy Associates announced Scott Dumas '93 as incoming President of the organization. Dumas is the Chief of Police of the Rowley Department of Rowley, Massachusetts. 

Rowley earned a Bachelor of Justice & Public Safety from AUM in 1993.

Kathleen Baxter '89was recently appointed as comptroller for the State of Alabama. As state comptroller Baxter will serve as the chief accountant in state government and is responsible for maintaining fiscal accounts, ordering payments into and out of state funds, and preparing state financial reports.  She was previously an accounting instructor at AUM and has remained involved with AUM's State Initiative Program that provides educational opportunities in accounting for the state's workforce.

Baxter earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from AUM in 1983.

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