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New Montgomery Mayor Appoints ASU’s Student Government President to his Transition Team

David Whitlow, Jr.

MONTGOMERY, AL – The City of Montgomery’s newly sworn in Mayor, Steven L. Reed, announced on Nov. 22, the members of “Montgomery’s United,” the transition organization that the mayor has created to help him set his pathway to lead the city though his new administration. Among its members is the president of Alabama State University’s Student Government Association (SGA), according to a press release by the University.

SGA President and Montgomery native David Whitlow Jr. graduated from Jefferson Davis High School as a dual-sport athlete who excelled in football. Whitlow, a senior studying English and Secondary Education, was a quarterback on the ASU football team before assuming the office of SGA President. As well as serving as SGA president, Whitlow is the marketing coordinator for Aramark, which is the University’s food service provider. Whitlow is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Whitlow said he is honored to serve on the committee that will help steer Montgomery’s ship of state under its newly sworn in mayor.

“It means a lot to me to be appointed by Mayor Reed,” said Whitlow. “My appointment shows that our new mayor understands that Alabama State University is a vital part of the city from a ‘communiversity’ standpoint, to its status as a higher education leader statewide, all the way to its important business and financial aspect. And for him to appoint a millennial like me means he understand the importance of hearing the opinions of the city’s youth.”

Upon his graduation from ASU in the spring of 2020, Whitlow plans to attend graduate school at The University of Alabama (UA) where he will major in mass communications. A goal and a dream come true for him while studying in graduate school at UA would be to serve as a student intern at the University’s Athletic Department – he said he is soon to apply. Whitlow’s ultimate goal upon graduation from a master’s program is to become a professional sports analyst with a major network or entity.

PURPOSE OF MAYOR’S TRANSITION COMMITTEE

Mayor Reed said that it is important to be led by dynamic group of citizens from this committee whom he has selected to review the status of various government agencies, review national best practices and develop local solutions to solve some of the more recalcitrant problems facing Montgomery.

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About Alabama State University

Alabama State University is a comprehensive diverse student-centered public historically black college and university (HBCU) committed to global excellence in teaching, research and service. ASU offers baccalaureate through doctorate degrees in an expansive array of academic programs. We maintain a scholarly and creative faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and an atmosphere in which members of the university community live, work and learn in pleasant surroundings. ASU offers a bridge to success for those who commit to pursing quintessential educational opportunities and lifelong endeavors. For more information, visit www.alasu.edu.

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