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Vigil Elected Chair of Board of Regents

Atlanta — June 7, 2006

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Regent Allan Vigil

The Board of Regents, the 18-member governing body for the University System of Georgia, today elected Regent Allan Vigil to a one-year term as the board’s chair.

Vigil, who was appointed to the Board of Regents by Gov. Sonny Perdue in August 2003, will serve as board chair from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007. He has served as chair of the regents’ Committee on Real Estate and Facilities for the past year.

“I am honored by this appointment and the high level of accountability that accompanies it,” Vigil said. “This is a challenging assignment that requires strong support from the entire board. I look forward to joining with my fellow regents in providing the leadership and direction that will continue to propel the University System of Georgia.”

As chairman, Vigil will join with the other members of the Board of Regents’ Executive Committee in discussing and establishing the board’s primary goals and objectives for the coming year.

Vigil is president and owner of Allan Vigil Ford in Morrow and Allan Vigil Ford in Fayetteville. He has been affiliated with the Ford Motor Company since 1971, when he took a job with the company as a field manager. He is a past chairman of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association, the Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association and the Ford National Dealer Council.

Vigil serves on the board of directors of Southern Regional Hospital and the Clayton State University Foundation Board of Trustees. He was named Hispanic Businessman of the Year by the Atlanta Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 1996 and has been named a member of Ford’s “One Hundred Club.” He also repeatedly has earned Ford’s highest honor, the President’s Award.

Vigil served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970, including a tour in Vietnam as a first lieutenant. He was awarded a Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal for his actions there. A native of Tampa, Fla., Vigil received his Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Florida.

Vigil and his wife, Bonnie, live in McDonough. The couple has two children.

The Board of Regents is a constitutional body that governs and manages the University System of Georgia, comprised of 35 public colleges and universities, more than 250,00 students, and approximately 36,000 faculty and staff.

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