Alabama Secretaries of State
Secretary of State: 1989
Fred Crawford graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1964.
In 1968, Fred received his BS degree from Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo) in Montevallo, AL. There he was President of the Young Republicans Club, President of Circle K Service Club, a member of the golf team where he lettered, a member of the Sigma Social Club (now the ATO Fraternity), SGA social Chairman, and other activities. In 1968 he was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He received his Masters in Education from the University of Montevallo in 1972 and has taken further graduate courses at Sanford University and the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
From 1969 to 1972 he was a teacher in the St. Clair County School System and the Mountain Brook School System. Three of the four years he taught he was "Favorite Teacher."
In 1972 he went to work for the Alabama Hospital Association and moved to Montgomery in 1976. After several years working in association services he became Sr. Vice President of government relations. In 1986 he took a job with the Alabama Concrete Industries and a short time later he started Crawford & Crawford, Inc., which is a government relation/association management consultant firm.
In 1989 he joined the administration of Gov. Guy Hunt and two years later was appointed the first Republican to serve as Secretary of State since Reconstruction. Though this was an acting position, he had to be sworn in as the Secretary. Two years later he re-entered the private world and opened Crawford & Crawford again.
Fred Crawford served as National President of the University of Montevallo's Alumni Association for two years and on the Alumni Board for eight years. Also he has been on the Board of the American Village, Advisory Board for the Michael E. Stevens College of Business, Alabama Council of Association Management, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and other organizations.
His highest honor was being appointed to the Board of Trustees of the University of Montevallo on which he will serve until 2011.
Fred married Charlotte Allen in 1971 and they divorced in 1997. He married Carol Kinney in 2001 and they now live on Lake Mitchel in Chilton County. Fred has two grown children, Kelley and Hollis--both married. Carol has two grown children, Kimberly and Jennifer. As of 2004 they have seven grandchildren.
Source: Information provided by Mr. Crawford.