L. Lee Garrison
Lee Garrison earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate as well as a minor in Political Science from the University of Alabama. During his studies at the University of Alabama, Mr. Garrison was a frequent member of the Dean’s and President’s List.
While attending the University of Alabama, Mr. Garrison was elected President of the Interfraternity Council, was instrumental in the return of the Student Government Association and served with many campus leadership organizations. Mr. Garrison was inducted into several Honor Societies while on campus, including Jasons, Blackburn Institute, Anderson Society, Carl A. Elliott Society, Order of Omega National Honor Society and was also selected the Outstanding Senior Award by the University of Alabama National Alumni Association as well as Order of Omega Greek Man of the Year.
Mr. Garrison was elected to four consecutive terms on the Tuscaloosa City Council from 1997 to 2013. Mr. Garrison 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, including many bond rating upgrades. In 2013, Mr. Garrison 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, Mr. Garrison led the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education in adopting a $200MM+ multiyear strategic plan that addressed curriculum, human resources, technology and facilities. Mr. Garrison has been directly involved in many bond issues during his 20 years of elected public service.
Mr. Garrison currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama and the United Way of West Alabama Campaign Chairman’s Cabinet. Mr. Garrison 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. He was Chair of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Alabama. In 2017, Mr. Garrison was awarded the Chairman’s Leadership Award from the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Garrison enjoyed a successful career in the insurance services industry before joining Frazer Lanier.