• UWA remembers President Emeritus Asa N. Green

    Posted: April 03, 2012

    Author: Betsy Compton

    University of West Alabama President Emeritus Asa N. Green died Monday, March 26. Green, who was one of only three living former presidents of the institution, was 82.

    The institution’s seventh president, Green served a 20-year term from 1973 to 1993, a tenure second in length only to that of the University’s first president, Julia S. Tutwiler. A native of Mars Hill, Maine and a Korean War veteran, he held degrees from Bates College and the University of Alabama as well as the LL. D. degree from Jacksonville State University.

    Green’s administration saw the establishment of the Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing and the University’s Technology Division plus the construction of several physical structures, including the Wallace Student Union Building, Reed Hall dormitory, Homer Field House, Hoover Apartments, and the Hunt Technology Complex. The early years of Green’s tenure also included the completion of Lake LU, adding to the recreational opportunities offered on campus.

    Green was a great advocate of varsity athletics and was instrumental in the early development of the Gulf South Conference, later serving as chairman of the GSC Executive Committee. His leadership also placed him on the NCAA Council as the Division II vice president and later to membership on the NCAA President’s Commission, for which he served as Division II chairman. He remained a consultant for the NCAA for several years following his retirement.

    Green is preceded in death by his wife, Betty, whose name was memorialized, along with her husband’s, when the Alabama Department of Transportation honored the couple in 2004 by naming a span of Alabama Highway 28 leading to Livingston for them. During a ceremony marking the occasion, only months after Betty’s death, Green remarked that it was one of the top honors of their lifetime, “special because [it is] conferred jointly to Betty and me.”

    In memory of the first lady, Green recently established the Betty Green Enhancement Fund, which will serve as a discretionary fund for the University President. In a recent interview, Green said that his hope for the fund would be that it help to fund projects that weren’t projected in the previous year’s planning.

    “I could recall needing as little as $250 for a project and not having it in the budget. This fund will provide grants to meet these special needs as they arise,” he said.

    After retirement, the Greens resided in Livingston. President Green once said that he and Betty “developed a deep love for this University, for this city, for this county and for West Alabama. That’s why, when I retired, we stayed in Livingston.”

    An avid supporter of the arts, Green is credited with having guided a large portion of the University Art Collection, which acquired a substantial number of original pieces during his tenure. Until his death, Green remained active in the Sumter County Fine Arts Council and Friends of the Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library.

    Green supported several organizations and establishments, including the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and the Livingston United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made in his honor to any of these organizations.

    Green is survived by his son, Steven R. Ross of Nashville, Tenn., and grandchildren John William Ross and Kerrie Michele Ross of Nashville.
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