Dr. John Hall, director of the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama, and prominent Huntsville attorney Julian D. Butler have been elected to the board of directors for Alabama Humanities Foundation.
As Black Belt Museum director, a post he has held since 2004, Dr. Hall is organizing a regional museum at the University of West Alabama relating to the arts, culture and natural history of the Black Belt.
He is a former director of natural history for University of Alabama Museum of Natural History and served as executive director of the Alabama Museums Association.
Dr. Hall has written numerous papers and books and is a featured speaker and lecturer.
He serves on the board of directors for Alabama Archaeological Association, Alabama Historical Association and Bartram Trail Conference as well as being member of a number of state historical and natural history organizations.
“I am proud to join the board of directors of Alabama Humanities Foundation,” Dr. Hall said. “Its work around the state in exploring, discovering and promoting the humanities is impressive.”
Butler is senior partner in the Huntsville office of the southeast law firm of Sirote and Permutt and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers in commercial litigation.
He served as county attorney for Madison County, a position held for 35 years. He is former president of the National Association of County Civil Attorneys, board member of National Association of Counties, represented America’s Counties on the Board of the State and Local Legal Center in Washington, D.C. He was founder and sole county attorney on the Advisory Committee of the National Association of Counties’ Financial Services Center.
A former chairman of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County and a graduate of Leadership Alabama, Butler has played leadership roles in civic activities across the state.
He served as president of the Arts Council, vice president of the General Joe Wheeler Home Foundation, president of Huntsville/Madison County Chapter of The University of Alabama Alumni Association and twice as chairman of the Creek District of Boy Scouts of America.
He is a trustee of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, a fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, trustee of the Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, advisory board member of Village of Promise and trustee of Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform.
“The innovative programs of the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the grants and scholarships it awards enrich the lives of a broad spectrum of Alabamians,” Butler said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the Foundation as a board member.”
“We are extremely pleased with the selection of our newest board members,” said AHF Executive Director Armand DeKeyser. “They bring much experience and expertise to the table and will complement our active board in promoting the humanities throughout Alabama.”