Former Congressman Jo Bonner introduced his sister to students inside The Pilot Center Theatre of Bayside Academy Friday morning.
Dr. Judy Bonner took the stage telling students, "We hope you will dream impossible dreams".
She is the first woman to become president of the University of Alabama in the school's one hundred and eighty-one year history, an accomplishment Dr. Bonner didn't really think about until after the board confirmed her, "But since that time, I realize how important it is to parents for them..for their daughters to see a woman as president". She also believes she faces the same challenges as a man, but has an advantage. "I have found that is has been really helpful to be a woman because I certainly am concerned about the smallest of details..particularly as it relates to making certain that our students are first and foremost and at the center of everything we do".
Before becoming president, Dr. Bonner served as provost which kept her on campus. She loves the freedom that comes with her new title. "As president, I have the opportunity to be out and go to places like Bayside academy and speak with perspective students, speak with alumni groups..and I've really enjoyed to be able to work with the university in that perspective", said Dr. Bonner.