Troy University shall be governed by a board of trustees. The board of trustees shall have representation from seven geographic areas of the state. Area one shall consist of the following counties: Mobile, Baldwin, Washington, Clarke, Choctaw, Marengo, and Sumter. Area two shall consist of the following counties: Escambia, Covington, Geneva, Houston, Conecuh, Coffee, Dale, Henry, Butler, Crenshaw, Pike, Wilcox, Monroe, and Barbour. Area three shall consist of the following counties: Bullock, Russell, Macon, Lee, Elmore, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers, and Randolph. Area four shall consist of the following counties: Montgomery, Lowndes, Dallas, Perry, Autauga, Chilton, Tuscaloosa, Hale, Greene, and Bibb. Area five shall consist of the following counties: Talladega, Clay, St. Clair, Calhoun, Cleburne, and Shelby. Area six shall consist of the following county: Jefferson. Area seven shall consist of the following counties: Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Cullman, Winston, Marion, Franklin, Lawrence, Morgan, Colbert, Lauderdale, Pickens, Limestone, Madison, Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb, Blount, Etowah, and Cherokee. The board of trustees shall consist of two trustees from area two, two trustees from area four, and one trustee from each of the other five areas, two trustees at-large, who may or may not be residents of the state, and the Governor, who shall be ex officio president of the board. The board of trustees shall elect from its members, by a majority vote, a president pro tempore, who shall serve as chair of the board in the absence of the Governor. The trustees shall be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and shall hold office for terms of 12 years, and until their successors shall be appointed and qualified. The trustees serving on January 1, 2009, shall serve out the terms for which they had previously been appointed and confirmed. The State Superintendent of Education serving on January 1, 2009, shall continue to serve as a trustee on the board until the completion of his or her term of office as superintendent or until he or she vacates the position of State Superintendent of Education, whichever occurs first. No employee of Troy University shall be eligible to serve as a trustee.