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Alexander to explore history of Union, Jackson in Founders’ Day address

JACKSON, Tenn.Feb. 15, 2005 – Madison County historian Harbert Alexander will look to the past and the future when he speaks Feb. 18 at Union University’s annual Founders’ Day.

“I’m going to look at some people who were instrumental in the early history of Union, the things they accomplished and use them as models for what we should be doing, what Union should be doing, as we move toward the decades of the future,” Alexander said.

Alexander said the histories of Union University and the city of Jackson are often intertwined, as many of the city’s founders – such as William Butler, Howell Jackson and W.H. Jackson – were also some of Union’s founders. These are some of the people Alexander will discuss during his address.

A native of Jackson, Alexander graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1961 and earned a graduate degree from Rutgers University. He served as an artillery officer in West Germany and retired from the army as a captain.

After returning to Jackson, Alexander spent 24 years with Jackson National Bank, where he served as president of the bank and vice chairman of the holding company. He then served as president and chief executive officer of Union Planters Bank and Jackson before being promoted to regional president of Union Planters banks in West Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. He retired in 2004.

Alexander is the author of “Tales of Madison” and “Old Trails and Tales of Tennessee.” The Founders’ Day chapel service is part of Union’s annual Homecoming weekend. The service begins at 10 a.m. in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel and is open to the public. -30-

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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