Composition of University of North Alabama (UNA) Board of Trustees

Excerpt from Code of Alabama (1975), Title 16 - Education

Section 16-51-3.  Board of trustees - Created; membership; appointment, terms, expenses, etc.
  • There is created a Board of Trustees for the University of North Alabama, the state educational institution at Florence, Alabama. The board of trustees shall consist of all of the following:
  • Six members who are residents of the fourth and fifth congressional districts, as those districts were constituted on January 1, 2018, at least two of whom shall be residents of the county in which the institution is located.
  • Three members from the state at large.
  • Two at-large members from within or outside of the state.
  • The Governor, who shall be ex officio president of the board. 

Board seats are grouped together accordingly to representation area and are assigned “seat numbers” for ease in identification and reference.


Martin R. Abroms

Seat 1: 4th & 5th Congressional Districts

Joel R. Anderson II

Seat 2: 4th & 5th Congressional Districts

Nancy G. Sanford

Seat 3: 4th & 5th Congressional Districts

Steven F. Pierce

Seat 4: 4th & 5th Congressional Districts

Simpson Russell

Seat 5: 4th & 5th Congressional Districts

William A. Trapp

Seat 6: 4th & 5th Congressional Districts

Kyle Buchanan

Seat 7: Alabama State at Large

Jim M. Page

Seat 8: Alabama State at Large

Gary L. Smith

Seat 9: Alabama State at Large

Wendell W. Gunn

Seat 10: At Large

Anne C. Whitaker

Seat 11: At Large

Governor Kay Ivey

Seat 12: Ex Officio

Ex Officio - SGA President
2024-2025 Student Government Association President Kerigan Mardis serves as a non-voting ex-officio member per board by-laws. 
Contact the Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees
c/o Office of the President
University of North Alabama
UNA Box 5004
Florence, AL 35632-0001

Phone: 256-765-4211