L. Lee Garrison
L. Lee Garrison graduated from the University of Alabama in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance with a concentration in real estate as well as a minor in political science. In 1996, Lee was elected President of the Interfraternity Council and was instrumental in the return of the Student Government Association. Lee was inducted into several honor societies while on campus, including Jasons, Blackburn Institute, Anderson Society, Carl A. Elliott Society and was selected the Outstanding Senior Award by the University of Alabama National Alumni Association as well as Order of Omega Greek Man of the Year.
Lee was elected to four consecutive terms on the Tuscaloosa City Council from 1997 to 2013. Lee served as Finance Chair of the Tuscaloosa City Council from 2001-2013. During those 12 years, the City of Tuscaloosa had an impeccable financial record, resulting in bond rating upgrades. In 2013, Lee opted to run and was elected citywide as Chair of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education. Pledging to serve only one term and help turn the school system around, Lee led the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education in adopting a $200MM+ multiyear strategic plan that addressed curriculum, human resources, technology and facilities. Lee has been directly involved in many bond issues during his 20 years of elected public service.
Lee currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama, West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of West Alabama Campaign Chairman’s Cabinet. Lee has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Black Warrior Council of the Boy Scouts, the West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission and the Black Warrior Solid Waste Disposal Authority. Lee also served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Alabama. In 2017, Lee was awarded the Chairman’s Leadership Award from the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Lee enjoyed a successful career in the insurance services industry before joining Frazer Lanier.