Board of Trustees

Hon. Todd R. Strange


Todd Strange is a businessman and former politician.  He was elected the 56th mayor of the city of Montgomery on March 10, 2009 and served two terms.

Strange graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile, Alabama and received a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Montevallo.

Prior to becoming mayor, Strange served as chairman of the Montgomery (Alabama) County Commission for nearly five years. He also served as former president, CEO and co-owner of Blount Strange Automotive Group where he managed hundreds of employees.

As former director of the Alabama Department of Commerce (formerly known as the Alabama Development Office), Strange collaborated efforts that brought major industries to Alabama, including the Hyundai Manufacturing Facility in Montgomery. He also served as former senior vice president of Administration, Blount International, Ltds., former president and CEO, Blount Development Corporation and several management roles with South Central Bell Company (now AT&T).

Strange’s extensive involvement in the community includes former chairman of the Capital City Club, former chair of Leadership Alabama and continues to serve on the Board and chairman of the Board of Trustees at University of Montevallo. He was also former chairman of the University of Montevallo National Alumni Association, former president and campaign chairman for Montgomery Area United Way, former chairman of the Board of Directors for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100, former president of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Foundation, former chairman of the Montgomery’s Riverfront Development Committee, and former President of Montgomery Kiwanis Club and Alabama National Fair. He also serves as Chair of the Governor’s Study Group on the Gambling Policy for the State of Alabama.

Strange has received numerous awards and honors for his visionary and progressive leadership. His awards include Business and Professional Women Boss of the Year, March of Dimes’ River Region Citizen of the Year, AUM Outstanding Community Leader Award, and Time Magazine’s Quality Dealer Award for Alabama, as well as Alabama Director of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services 2016 Public Service Award, Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community Award, Alabama State Council on the Arts’ Legacy Award, Alabama Library Association 2019 Public Servant Award, Montgomery Aging Council of Alabama 2019 Seniors of Achievement, River Region Maury D. Smith Award for Excellence in Professional Ethics, Montgomery Zoological Society’s Golden Egg Award, an Honorary Doctorate from Faulkner University and Hot Dogs & Heroes Awarded presented by local businessman and community activist.

He is married to the former Linda Davis. They have two daughters, Jennifer Strange Crumpton and Elizabeth Strange Whitehead.