In recognition of his years of service to the metro Atlanta community and the State of Georgia, M. Allan Vigil, president and owner of Allan Vigil Ford Lincoln Mercury in Morrow and Allan Vigil Ford in Fayetteville, will be honored by Clayton State University on the occasion of the University’s Fall Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Vigil, a former chairman of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim Hynes” at the noon ceremony on Dec. 10.
Vigil has been affiliated with the Ford Motor Company since 1971, when he took a job with the company as a field manager. He is a past chairman of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association, the Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association and the Ford National Dealer Council.
Vigil currently serves on the board of directors of the Southern Regional Hospital and the Clayton State University Foundation Board of Trustees. He was named Hispanic Businessman of the Year by the Atlanta Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 1996. A member of the Southlake Kiwanis, he was also named Businessman of the Year for 2001 by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and won the Hispanic Business, Inc. 2002 EOY Award in the Retail & Finance category. A member of Ford's "One Hundred Club," he also repeatedly has earned Ford's highest honor, the President's Award. He has served as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and as a past chairman of the Board.
His community service to the Southern Crescent dates back to 1983, when he first was named to the Board of Trustees of the then-Clayton Junior College Foundation. Indeed, along with his wife, Bonnie P. Vigil, he has been one of the region’s most devoted civic leaders for more almost three decades, also serving as a board member of the State of Georgia’s Board of Motor Vehicle Safety, and the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, where he served as president in 1990. He is also a member of the Fayette County Chamber.
Among the leadership roles that Vigil has filled in support of Clayton State include making one of the first leadership gifts towards the building of Spivey Hall, helping recruit Dr. George Horton from Auburn University to serve as the University’s first dean of the School of Business in 1987, and serving for many years as a sponsor of the University’s annual Career Fair.
Vigil served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970, including a tour in Vietnam as a first lieutenant. He was awarded a Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal for his actions there. A native of Tampa, Fla., he received his Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Florida.