January 6, 2021
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Leanne Carroll and Stephanie Hicks Appointed to New Leadership Roles
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West announced today his appointment of Ms. Leanne Mallory Carroll ’05 and Ms. Stephanie Hicks to new leadership roles at the College. Effective immediately, Ms. Carroll will serve as the Vice President for Strategic Academic Initiatives and Ms. Hicks will serve as the Vice President for Admission.
“As part of the College’s strategic plan, Building Great Lives, Huntingdon has intentionally sought to recruit and retain high-achieving students who seek co-curricular engagement in academic programs as a central component of their Huntingdon experience,” said President West. “One of the early successes of the strategic plan is the Presidential Fellows Program. Leanne Carroll has impressively built the Presidential Fellows Program from inception. In just its second year, the College now has 50 Presidential Fellows who work closely with faculty in serving on one of seven experiential learning teams – sports medicine, science research, technology support, sports marketing, social media / media production, ability services, and academic mentoring. An eighth team focusing on cultural, civic and political engagement will begin in the Fall of 2021.”
“In undertaking this new role, Leanne Carroll will continue to provide leadership for the Presidential Fellows Program, as well as the Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program which was established by the College in 2013. Ms. Carroll will also work closely with our band and choral music programs to continue to attract students to participate in the myriad of music programs Huntingdon sponsors. She personally knows the value of student engagement having served as a student leader at Huntingdon. I am confident she will utilize her recruiting talents, her dynamic program leadership abilities, and her enthusiasm for Huntingdon in further advancing the goals of the strategic plan.”
Ms. Carroll is a native of Elba, Alabama. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon majoring in history and theatre. She later obtained a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Alabama. Prior to joining the Huntingdon staff in 2018, Ms. Carroll served as the Assistant Director of First Year Experiences and Retention Initiatives at the University of Alabama. She also held professional roles in student housing at Florida State University. Ms. Carroll has an extensive background in service to the Alabama Girls State program and is a State Committee Member for the Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama. She and her husband, Clay, and her daughter, Lucy Beth, are members of First United Methodist Church of Montgomery.
“Stephanie Hicks is a 16-year veteran of the Huntingdon Office of Admission,” stated President West. “Since joining the Huntingdon family in 2004 as an admission counselor, Ms. Hicks has helped recruit thousands of prospective students to Huntingdon. She fully understands the admission process, excels in sharing the opportunities for success at Huntingdon with prospective students and their families, and has built tremendous relationships with high school coaches and guidance counselors throughout her career. In addition to her work in recruiting students to Huntingdon, she has built one of the most impressive cheerleading squads in all of NCAA Division III. I am excited to elevate her to a new role as Vice President for Admission.”
Ms. Hicks is an Alexander City, Alabama, native. She holds a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services and a master’s degree in sports and fitness management from Troy University. At Huntingdon, Ms. Hicks has served as an admission counselor, Assistant Director of Admission, Director of Admission, and Assistant Vice President for Athletic Admission. She is married to Coach Steven Hicks who serves as the Assistant Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator for the Huntingdon Hawks. They have two children, Kloey and Trey, who attend Pike Road Schools.