Thomas Ashworth, Correspondent
Governor Kay Ivey recently named Drew Linn to the Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees.
Representing the 7th Congressional District, he will serve as the successor to Thomas Dedrick, Sr., who served a 12-year term on the board.
“I started working at International Harvester while enrolled at JSU, which is what ultimately led me to my career path,” said Linn. “Today, I’m celebrating over 43 years with 7 locations and 250 employees serving the trucking industry in Alabama. I have had the pleasure of supporting many education programs from Pre-K through higher education, including the State of Alabama Commission on Higher Education.”
Linn, a native of Jefferson County, graduated from Birmingham’s West End High School before earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration from JSU in 1970. He now owns Southland Transportation Group, a commercial truck and trailer dealer with locations in Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Homewood, Birmingham and Huntsville.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for West Alabama Bank & Trust. He is a past member of the West Alabama Regional Commission. He has been a member of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce since 1978, which named him Businessman of the Year in 1997.
Linn detailed his excitement with the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees and what he will plan to do given the new position.
“It is an honor to be asked to serve your alma mater,” said Linn. “I am grateful, humbled and excited to help advance the mission of JSU. I first want to become acclimated to the processes and the landscape of the position. I am eager to work with the very talented group of trustees and the leadership of our university.”
Asked what JSU meant to him, he responded: “JSU afforded me the opportunity to get a wonderful education, be engaged in student activities, and form lasting relationships. The outstanding learning environment at the University went a long way in preparing me for my future.”
Linn and his wife, Tresa Joy Noles, have two children and three grandchildren, according to the university, and live in Tuscaloosa.