Dawson County High School alumni Todd Buchanan was announced this week as the next chairman of the 2017-18 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.
Buchanan, a member of the 1985 class at DCHS, has worked for 21 years at VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc., where he manages a team of 350 financial advisors, $22 billion in assets and serves as senior vice president.
"Todd has been a tremendous leader in our organization for many years", said Jim McVay, CEO of the Outback Bowl. "We are fortunate to have him as our Chairman for the upcoming football season."
"Being named the Outback Bowl Chairman does not surprise me in the least," said Keith Porter, who was head basketball coach during Buchanan's tenure at DCHS. "Todd loves sports, has demonstrated tremendous business acumen, and is a proven leader, so they could not have picked a more worthy individual."
Buchanan became a Dawson County Tiger when he moved over Christmas break from Mississippi during his junior year.
Under Porter, Buchanan was defensive player of the year for the varsity basketball team.
"Todd was a leader on our basketball team," Porter said. "He was so fast that he could always get around defenders and to the basket for layups. But, he had to work on harnessing his speed, so he could finish the play, which he did. I never had to motivate Todd in areas of effort, leadership, or teamwork; he exemplified these attributes; and, I'm sure has used these to his advantage in becoming a success in business."
On the football field, he broke the school record for both receiving yards and interceptions in one season.
"He was a great kid, straight ‘A' student," said former DCHS football head coach Dave Reynolds. "He moved in and made an impact on all sports. He was a tremendous competitor. Everybody liked him."
In his short time at DCHS, Buchanan was a success on the field, in the gym and on the track.
Buchanan ran track and broke the school record in the 800. That success garnered him a scholarship to University of Southern Mississippi where he became student body president.
The 1990 graduate was also president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, a university cheerleader and Mr. USM.
In 2015, he was inducted into the USM Hall of Fame, along with fellow graduate Brett Favre.
He graduated with a business degree and entered the U.S. Army where he served as a field artillery officer for six years of active duty.
He joined VALIC Financial Advisors in 1996.
Buchanan has previously served as vice chairman of the Outback Bowl and as a board member for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.
He is married to Babsie and they have three children-Riley, Ashton and Carly.