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W&L Alum Heads Alabama Chamber

— by on September 26th, 2012

Kirk Mancer, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1984, has recently been named president and CEO of the Greater Shelby County (Ala.) Chamber of Commerce.

Formerly president of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce, Kirk started with the Shelby County chamber in July. The organization encompasses 16 different municipalities plus parts of Birmingham.

Although he came to W&L from Philadelphia, Kirk told the Birmingham News that because he has lived below the Mason-Dixon Line since he was 18, even his family recognizes his Southernness.

“They quickly point out how much slower I talk and how I have incorporated ‘y’all’ into my vocabulary,” he told the newspaper. “But when I’m down here, people don’t think I speak like a Southerner at all.”

A goalkeeper for the Generals soccer team, Kirk still holds the save percentage records for both a single season (89.7 percent in 1980) and a career (85.9 percent).