Alabama’s coordinating board for higher education named a new chairman and vice-chairman last week.
Former Gadsden city planner Charles E. Ball was selected chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education by unanimous vote at a meeting Friday in Montgomery. He has served on the commission since 2009.
A Jefferson County resident, Ball has been executive director of the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham since 2006. He coordinates regional and community-level planning and economic development activities for Alabama’s largest metropolitan area. The region contains six counties, more than 100 cities and more than 1.1 million residents. Ball was director of planning for the city of Gadsden from 2000 to 2006.
Ball holds a master’s degree in community planning from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Birmingham Southern College.
Randy McKinney of Orange Beach was elected as vice chairman.
McKinney is an attorney with McKinney & Associates P.C. and is an owner of Realty Executives Gulf Coast in Gulf Shores. He is a former vice president of the Alabama State Board of Education.
He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from the University of South Alabama and holds a master’s degree in religious education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a master’s in real estate development from Auburn University and a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law.