Joe Hampton will serve as Chair of Stillman College Board of Trustees

Tuscaloosa, AL, July 1, 2024 — Stillman College is pleased to announce Joe Hampton as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2024. Hampton will bring a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to the college.

Hampton Portrait
Joe Hampton

Hampton, President of Spire Energy for Alabama and Mississippi, is an accomplished leader and a proud alumnus of Stillman College. Reflecting on his new role, Hampton expressed both humility and excitement. “Becoming the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Stillman is very humbling but also exciting,” said Hampton. “Humbling when I think about the history of this great college and the many generations of students and faculty who were totally focused on providing equity and opportunity to people of color. Humbling in the sense that I lead a group of leaders whose focus is on strategically creating pathways for students to have the resources to become the future leaders of this state and country. But excited to work closely with Dr. Page and this team of leaders, faculty, and staff members who will take Stillman College to levels of success that have never been realized.”

As an alumnus who graduated from Stillman in 1997 with a degree in physics, Hampton’s connection to the college runs deep. He earned a full scholarship through the Stillman Choir and later completed a dual-degree program, obtaining an engineering degree from the University of Alabama. Hampton also holds a master’s degree in business from Troy University.

“My hope is for Stillman College to become the preferred HBCU destination for graduating high school students living in Alabama and the southeast region,” Hampton stated. “I’m focused on supporting the President’s vision in growing the degree programs being offered to students; increasing student enrollment, updating campus facilities, and providing the athletics and social opportunities that attract future Stillmanites to our great campus. I’m also looking to connect with our Stillman alumni in order to increase our presence and support to Stillman.”

Hampton’s leadership style is one of trust and openness, fostering collaboration among the board and the college’s administration.

 “The President and the Board of Trustees are all leaders in their different fields. As leaders, I expect us to use our creativity and idea sharing to bring forth the best plans to move the college in a positive direction. My role is to primarily keep all the energy focused on the task at hand and ensure we are on target to meet expectations. I’m excited to have Dr. Page leading our institution. I expect that there will be no light between us. We will work closely on setting appropriate expectations and the board’s role is to support the vision and the goals that are approved. We will operate as a cohesive team all focused on preparing Stillman students for future greatness.”

His commitment to Stillman College extends beyond his professional achievements. His leadership and vision will undoubtedly propel Stillman College to new heights.

Joe Hampton and his wife Jenise, also a Stillman alum, are the proud parents of Joseph II and Jonathan.

Other officers include Theresa Spralling, a former AT&T executive, who will serve as vice chair; Natalie Kelly, Brasfield Gorrie’s VP of Corporate Responsibility, will serve as secretary; and Jim Koon, Director of Finance at Synod of Lakes and Prairies of Presbyterian Church USA, will serve as treasurer.