Jim Coxwell Appointed As Trustee
James L. "Jim" Coxwell, Sr.
The newest member of
Jacksonville State University's Board of Trustees is James L. "Jim"
Coxwell, Sr., of Anniston, a banker, real estate investor and entrepreneur
who brings more than 35 years of business expertise to the board.
Gov. Bob Riley appointed
and the Alabama Senate confirmed Coxwell on Thursday, March 30. He will
replace Bobby N. Kennamer of Anniston, whose term expired.
"Mr. Coxwell's extensive
experience and in-depth knowledge of the university will make him an
important asset to our board. We are pleased he's joining us," said
JSU President William A. Meehan.
Reacting to news of
his appointment, Coxwell said, "I'm very honored to be asked to serve
as a trustee, and I do not take this appointment lightly. There are
many things our university needs, and Dr. Meehan and I think alike --
we want JSU to be the best school in the state of Alabama."
Coxwell, owner of
Long Leaf Lodge at McClellan and other businesses in Alabama, Georgia,
and Tennessee, serves on the finance committee of the JSU Foundation,
on which he has served as a board member since the early 1990s.
A longtime supporter
of numerous programs at JSU, Coxwell helped revive the university football
team's J Club, which raises money to support the football program. Coxwell
is past president of the club and is now a director. The university
established the Coxwell Room, at the field house, in his honor.
Born in Naples, Fla.,
but reared in Lafayette, Ga., Coxwell graduated from Lafayette High
School in 1959 and attended the University of Alabama on a football
scholarship. He later transferred to JSU, where he attended until 1963.
Coxwell went on to
launch a number of businesses in Georgia, including two GMC dealerships
that he operated for 13 years in Augusta and Marietta. He also owned
a John Deere dealership for 14 years in Kennesaw, Ga., and Eagle Golf
Course in Douglasville. He owns Mountain Brook Village, a retirement/assisted
living facility in Sevierville, Tenn.
Coxwell served as
a founder of Commercial Exchange Bank in Kennesaw, Ga., in 1982. Through
a series of mergers, that bank eventually became Premier Bank with more
than $2 billion in assets. Premier was sold to BBNT. Coxwell served
on loan committees and bank boards for 24 years. Coxwell also founded
Highland Commercial Bank of Marietta, where he continues to serve on
the board of directors.
Coxwell served as
budget officer for Georgia's Department of Agriculture for three years.
He also has experience in building commercial and residential buildings.
civic involvements include membership in the Rotary Club and serving
as vice president of the Lions Club. He is past president of the GMC
Dealers Association. He also serves as treasurer of the Kennesaw United
Coxwell and his wife,
Sandra, live on Anniston's historic Buckner Circle, where he is president
of the Buckner Circle Home Owners Association.
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