Alumni Brigade Board of Directors Nominees

The following are the candidates for the 2019 – 2022 MMI Alumni Brigade Board of Directors. The slate of candidates will be voted on by the Alumni Brigade General Membership at the Annual Meeting, April 13th at 8:30 am in the Chapel. For more information about Alumni Weekend click here.

2019 ALUMNI BRIGADE BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATES

Bill Bittner ’73 HS ’75 JC
Elberta, Alabama

Bill Bittner is an Alumnus of MMI (High School 72, 73 and Junior College 74, 75), Auburn University graduate in Industrial Management and retired business owner/Army Colonel. His primary career was Industrial Design and Manufacture of corrosion resistant fiberglass products and chemical/abrasion resistant rubber lined equipment. He worked alongside his father for over 40 years as a business partner and later owner of the company “Bittner Industries, Inc.”. The products and systems manufactured were typically specialized for service in the chemical, paper and pharmaceutical industries. In 1977 Bill received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Field Artillery and served for 30 years in the Alabama Army National Guard, Army Reserve and Active Duty until reaching his mandatory removal date. He commanded five units from Battery level to Battalion and worked at staff levels from battalion to group. His highest service award was the “Legion of Merit”. Throughout his life he has served in local organizations to include the Boy Scouts of America, Mobile Jaycees and as president of two Mystic Mardi Gras organizations. Bill was born in Mobile, AL, has five children (two sons and three daughters) and participated as a Foster patent for 13 new born children through Catholic Social Services. Bill always speaks highly of his time at Marion and looks forward to becoming more engaged with MMI and the student body of this his life changing institution.

 

John Anderson III ’90 HS
Marion, Alabama

After graduation, I attended Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery, then joined the Alabama National Guard in 1993 as a Military Police officer in the 1166th MP Unit in Greensboro, AL serving from 1993 until 1999, then remained on IRR until honorably discharged in 2001. While serving in the guard I accepted a position with Walter Craig Inc, in Selma, AL which started my career in the firearms industry.  The position at Walter Craig led to a position at Turner’s Outdsoorsman in California in 2000 and I ultimately joined Legacy Sports International in Virginia in 2004.  Then in 2006 we moved Legacy Sports to Reno, NV while working my way up from Warehouse Manager, to Import-Export Manager, and today I serve as the Director of Purchasing. In 2013 with the advances in technology I was able to relocate to Houston, TX and work remotely for Legacy Sports and join my soon to be wife and step-daughter.  In 2017, I legally adopted my daughter which allowed my wife and I to discuss our return to Marion. My wife, also a native of Perry County and graduate of Judson College, and I have deep roots in this community and a desire to see our city, once nicknamed “The College City” be a place where we can raise our child and give her the choice of two fine institutions that we have in our community. I am a member of the Marion Volunteer Fire Department, have recently joined the Perry County Committee for Friends of the NRA and look forward to serving Marion Military Institute as a member of the Alumni Board.

 

Carl Ardrey ’74 HS
Florence, Alabama

I came to Marion Institute from Birmingham in the fall of ’72 as a high school junior playing bass drum in the band and graduating in 1974.  Next stop was Auburn University where I graduated with a degree in transportation in 1978.  That summer I entered the service of the Southern Railway, later Norfolk Southern, progressing through positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of personnel, operations, logistics, and compliance. In 2011 I received a Norfolk Southern Thoroughbred Quality Award for performance for coordination of activities during the tornado outbreak 2011. I retired in February 2016. My 37 years of experience led to my appointment to the post of President of the Southern Railway Historical Association. During my brief tenure we packed and moved 30 tons of archival materials from Kennesaw, GA to the new location in Chattanooga, TN as well consolidating SRHA’s activities there.  Prior volunteer service was as a 5-year volunteer firefighter with the Cahaba Heights Fire District. Since my retirement I have enjoyed becoming active in MMI activities including recurrent Alumni Weekends, the Fall Cresting ceremony and on campus holiday events.  I currently volunteer for “Move In Days” and serve as the MMI Class Agent for the High School Class of 1974.  It would be a humbling experience to be selected as a member of the alumni board and since I am retired have the time and desire to serve wherever necessary. I currently live in Florence, AL.  My son, Thomas, is engaged and is the choir director at Oxford High School in MS.  My daughter, Meredith, is married with three daughters and lives in Huntsville.

 

Gus Colvin ’85 JC
Selma, Alabama

After attending Marion Military Institute, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mississippi State University (1987). Following graduation, I went to work with SouthTrust Bank Manufactured Home Finance Division in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1992, went to work for the Law Firm of Najjar Denaburg while attending Birmingham School of Law. I received a Juris Doctorate from Birmingham School of Law in 1995. During the fall of 1995, I partnered with Wilson Brothers Construction Company building new home construction, and home remodeling in the Birmingham area. In 1999 sold my partnership interest in Wilson Brothers Construction Company, and went to work with SouthTrust Bank Manufactured Home Finance Division. I was in charge of their foreclosed collateral inventory for the Southeastern market. Then in 2001 I started with State Farm Insurance Company in their agency program, became a State Farm Agent, and received and agency assignment in Selma, Alabama in 2002. I have been a State Farm Agent in Selma, Alabama for 17 years. During this time I have been involved in my community. I have served on the Black Belt Region Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, The Dallas County Salvation Army Board of Directors, and the past 10 years serve as the Scholarship Chairman for the Selma/Dallas County Quarterback Club. I am married to Carrie Webb Colvin, a Judson College Alumnus. We have 2 children. Caroline, a sophomore at Auburn University majoring in Building Science and Environmental Design, and Gus, a junior at Morgan Academy.


H. D. Hibbard ’14 JC
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

After graduation from MMI in 2014, I enrolled at the University of Alabama, where I am today pursuing a BS in Operations Management with a Minor in Computing Tech and Applications. I will be finishing what I started by graduating in December. After graduation, I will also be pursuing my MS in Business Analytics in the summer of 2020. I have taken my expertise of military drill and ceremony to Culver Summer Schools and Camps in 2013 and 2014, serving as Military Counselor. I have explored many avenues of interest, with first transferring to the University to pursue Nursing and eventually going through the EMT program at the Alabama Fire College, and serving with some amazing men and women, who currently serve our communities today. I have been currently employed at the Paul W. Bryant Museum since February of 2018, and still work as a student employee. My leadership opportunities have only expanded since I graduated from MMI, with becoming the Marshall of Health & Wellness/Risk Management of Alpha Sigma Phi, Alpha Iota Chapter.


Wayne Norton ’80 JC
Columbia, South Carolina

Upon graduation and commissioning I received a BBA in Business from the University of Montevallo, and also served with the Alabama National Guard as a Platoon Leader in the 715th Maintenance Company.nMy military career as an Ordnance Officer (maintenance), spanning 20 plus years and took me to various posts in the US to South Korea then later Germany with a visit to Bosnia- Herzegovinian as part of the Implementation Force (IFOR). I served in various positions of logistics management and leadership. After retirement in 2002, I was selected as the Senior Army Instructor to start a JROTC program at Swansea High School, Swansea SC. When I departed Swansea in 2008 we had 230 students enrolled in the program and were designated Honor Unit with Distinction the previous year. I am currently the Director of Transportation for Richland School District 2, fifth largest district in the State of South Carolina. I am responsible for a department with 230 plus employees and over 140 buses transporting approximately 19,000 students per year. During all of this I managed to go back to school and received an MBA from Webster University (2000). I am a Life member of the DAV, Life member of The Son’s of American Colonists, a member of TVA Chapter of The Son’s of the American Revolution. I am married to Debby Norton for 24 years, have 2 children, son Herbert III and daughter Melissa, and 4 grandchildren.

 

Curtis Strange ’90 JC
Huntsville, Alabama

Upon graduation and commissioning I completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of South Alabama.  Upon graduation I entered Active Duty as an Infantry Officer and served as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Company Commander and Operations Officer. Unit Assignment included, 2nd ID Korea, 101st Airborne Ft Campbell, and 2nd Ranger Battalion Ft Lewis. After leaving active duty in 1999 I joined the Army Reserves serving as OPFOR Detachment Commander, Transition Team Chief, Instructor for the Command and General Staff College, and Battalion Commander. This period included a deployment to Iraq serving as Team Chief support Iraqi Army operations. I am currently serving as a Colonel, leading the Aviation Missile Research Development Engineering Center Reserve Force Augmentation Detachment at Redstone Arsenal.

My Civilian Career includes positions from Project Manager to Corporate President. I am currently owner and President of Insight International Technology an System Engineering and Integration company supporting DoD projects across multiple weapon platforms and expeditionary systems. Professional and Military Education and Certifications include; Associates of Arts (MMI), Bachelor of Arts (University of South Alabama), Infantry Officer Basic, Airborne, Ranger Course, Air Assault, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College and Master of Business Administration (Trident University), Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional (CMSP). I currently live in Huntsville Al. I am married to Lani Armstrong Strange and have a son and two daughters.

 

2019 ALUMNI BRIGADE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICER CANDIDATES

President: Camie Jones ’87 HS

Executive Vice President: Dan Hartzog ’69 HS  ’71 JC

Treasurer: Logan Gray ’66 HS ’68 JC

Secretary: B. King Curry ’69 HS ’71 JC