Board of Trustees
The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees plays a critical role in the education of hundreds of thousands of adults each year. Our Trustees serve as guardians for the Alabama Community College System’s missions and goals, with the Governor serving as chair of the Board by virtue of elected office. Remaining board members are appointed from eight districts, with one statewide member and an ex-officio liaison from the State Board of Education.
Meeting monthly, board member duties include:
- designating rules and regulations for the government of community and technical colleges,
- prescribing the course of study to be offered and the conditions for granting certificates, diplomas and/or degrees,
- accepting gifts, donations, property, and devices for the benefit of community and technical colleges, and
- establishing a performance-based allocation process that is equitable and compatible with the services and programs offered by each individual campus.
The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees
Alabama State Capitol
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
Growing up in the small town of Camden in Wilcox County and working on her father’s farm taught Kay Ivey to value hard work and living within one’s means. Her parents instilled values of faith, family, and community.
After graduating from Auburn University in 1967, Kay worked as a high school teacher and a bank officer. She served as Reading Clerk of the Alabama House of Representatives under Speaker Joseph C. McCorquodale and Assistant Director of the Alabama Development Office, where she worked to spur job creation and economic development across the State.
In 2002, Kay became the first Republican elected State Treasurer since Reconstruction and was re-elected in 2006. As Treasurer, Kay was committed to making the office more open, transparent, and efficient.
Kay was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010, becoming the first Republican woman to hold the office in Alabama’s history. She again made history on November 4, 2014, by becoming the first Republican Lieutenant Governor re-elected to the office. The Lieutenant Governor’s primary Constitutional duty is to preside over legislative proceedings of the upper house as President of the Senate.
One of Kay’s first actions in office was to lead the Commission on Improving State Government. The Commission was tasked with exploring ways to reduce government spending and find efficiencies in State government. Many of the Commission’s recommendations were implemented, laying the groundwork for Alabama to successfully complete The Road to Saving $1 Billion in December 2013.
In addition, Kay has taken on several initiatives to grow jobs, address child hunger, and increase STEM education. As Chair of the Military Stability Commission, she is leading the first statewide coordinated effort to secure and strengthen Alabama’s military assets ahead of any potential base or force realignments. She also serves as national chair of the Aerospace States Association.
On April 10, 2017, Kay was sworn in as the 54th Governor of the State of Alabama in the Old Senate Chamber in the Alabama State Capitol by Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart.
Kay has been honored to receive numerous awards for her service to the State of Alabama, including the 2015 ALFA Service to Agriculture Award, Newmax’s 50 Most Influential Female Republican in the country and, most recently, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2016 Public Service Award.
Kay believes if you campaign as a Conservative for office, then you should govern as a Conservative in office. Kay Ivey will continue to bring conservative leadership with effective results to make this generation more productive and the next generation more prosperous.
She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, the Montgomery Rotary Club, and the Board of Directors of the Montgomery YMCA. Kay is also the first Girls State alumnus to be elected to an Alabama Constitutional Office.
Board Position: Congressional District 1
Occupation: CFO, Hargrove Engineers + Constructors in Mobile | Current Term: 2021-2025
20 South Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Jeb Shell, CPA is the CFO of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors in Mobile. Jeb joined Hargrove in 2005 when there were 45 teammates. Hargrove now employs over 2,200 in 15 offices.
Jeb serves/served on the boards of United Cerebral Palsy, Boy Scouts of America, JH Outback Mobile, as Chair/President for Bay Area Food Bank and Downtown Mobile Alliance and was recently appointed as a Trustee for the Alabama Community College System Board.
Jeb holds an Accounting degree from the University of South Alabama, where he served as president of both the SGA and the National Alumni Association.
Jeb is a graduate of Leadership Mobile, Mobile Bay’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2011 and was the 2012 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year. He was recognized as South Alabama’s Mitchell College of Business’s Impact 50 Alumni in 2018 and is in the 2021 class of Leadership Alabama.
Jeb is married to the former Emily Hearin Hamilton and has two children: John (16) and Kit (13).
Board Position: Congressional District 2
Current Term: 2019-2023
206 Aberdeen Avenue
Enterprise, AL 36330
Mr. John Mitchell is an entrepreneur who owns several automobile dealerships in the southeastern region of the state.
Mr. Mitchell is a past president of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce and has served in various community service capacities, including leadership roles and membership with the following organizations: Enterprise Lions Club; Coffee County United Way; Wiregrass United Way; Army Aviation Association of America; Association of United States Army-Fort Rucker Chapter; Army Aviation Museum Foundation; Coffee County Arts Alliance; Enterprise High/Enterprise State Community College-Tip-Off Club; Enterprise/Coffee County Economic Development Corporation; City of Enterprise Industrial Development Board; Enterprise Medical Center Board of Trustees; and Enterprise State Community College Foundation Board of Trustees. Mitchell was selected the Enterprise Chamber Retailer of the Year in 2003 and the Coffee County Business Man of the Year in 1996, and was nominated Enterprise Man of the Year in 1994. He is also a member of First Baptist Church in Enterprise.
Board Position: Congressional District 3
Occupation: Executive Director, Chambers County Development Authority | Current Term: 2021-2025
P.O. Box 269
Lanett, AL 36862
Valerie Gray is a lifelong resident of Chambers County, Alabama and a graduate from the University of Alabama where she received her B.A. in Geography and Political Science. She is the Executive Director of the Chambers County Development Authority where she has been employed there for over 22 years. Valerie is a Past President of the Economic Development Association of Alabama Board of Directors (EDAA). Valerie also serves on the Board of Trustees for local community bank Farmer’s & Merchants Bank , the Board of Trustees of Chattahoochee Valley Hospital Society, the EAMC Foundation and numerous other committees at her children’s public schools.
During her tenure at the Chambers County Development Authority, Valerie has worked with her economic development team of local elected officials, state officials and utility providers to locate national and international companies to Chambers County from the U.S., Asia & Europe. Since emerging from the great recession in 2009, Chambers County has led the nation with an unemployment rate of 72.1% reduction. Within the last ten years, Chambers County has been successful in locating over 16 manufacturers which resulted in capital investments of over $984 Million USD and total job creation of 3,535 + associates.
She and her husband Shawn Gray are owners of Harris-Gray, LLC a professional civil engineering and land surveying firm. They have a 16-year-old daughter, Sydney, and a 13-year old daughter Samantha and reside in Huguley, Alabama.
Board Position: Congressional District 5, Vice-Chair
Occupation: Business Development and Customer Service Manager, Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative | Current Term: 2021-2025
P.O. Box 217
Rainsville, AL 35986
Mr. Rogers works for the Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative in Rainsville, AL as the Business Development and Customer Service Manager. It is in this role that he has helped with broadband expansion efforts in Northeast Alabama.
He has had a career in public service and worked 16 years for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service and 15 years in Economic Development with the Jackson County Economic Development Authority. He led industrial recruitment projects and assisted with industrial expansions that, in addition to Google’s $600 million data center, totaled over $500 million in capital investment and the creation of almost 3,000 jobs.
He has worked closely with his local community college and understands the importance of having a skilled workforce and workforce development training programs. Mr. Rogers and many of his family have attended community colleges in Alabama.
Mr. Rogers retired from the Army National Guard and Army Reserves as a Colonel with over 30 years of service. He is an Auburn (BS) and UAH (MS Management) Graduate. He is active in his local community and he and his wife Rebecca live in Scottsboro, AL where they raised two children.
Board Position: Congressional District 6
Occupation: Vice President, Economic Development for ClayCo, Inc. | Current Term: 2019-2023
P.O. Box 43412
Birmingham, AL 35243
Mr. Davis is the Vice President for Economic Development for ClayCo, Inc.. His current responsibilities include market analysis, sales, strategic planning, client presentations, risk analysis, and contract negotiations.
Throughout his career, Mr. Davis, a registered Professional Engineer, has received several honors and awards including UA College of Engineering Fellow, UA Centennial Fellow Chemical and Biological Engineering, Distinguished Engineering Fellow of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department and was an Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers, earlier in his career.
He is on The University of Alabama’s Engineering Leadership Board, National Chair of the UA Capstone Engineering Society Board, National Vice-Chair of UA’s Chemical and Biological Engineering Advisory Board, and member of Tuskegee University Construction Science and Management Industry Advisory Board. He is also co-chair of the Economic Development Committee of Manufacture Alabama, former board member of St. Vincent’s Foundation, board member of Better Basics, board member for the Birmingham Urban League, and an active member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, where he is a catechist and lector.
Mr. Davis graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Later, he earned an MBA from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and also completed the construction management program at Texas A&M University.
Board Position: Congressional District 7, Chair
Occupation: Director, Direct Invest Development | Current Term: 2021-2025
P.O. Box 690
Greensboro, AL 36744
Mr. Llevelyn Rhone is a Director for Direct Invest Development, an impact focused, sustainable real estate company. He has extensive experience in operations, community and economic development, project management, entrepreneurship, and management consulting.
Combining his executive leadership experiences with Fortune 100 firms, federal agencies, and as an entrepreneur, Mr. Rhone brings hands-on know-how and strategic thinking to help individuals, organizations, and communities thrive through increased educational access and opportunities for economic mobility.
Mr. Rhone’s civic and community engagement includes several director and leadership posts with non-profit organizations addressing community well-being, economic development, and entrepreneurship. Mr. Rhone currently serves on the Industrial Development Board of Hale County; the Hale County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as President; as an advisor to the West Central Region of the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s Rural Development Initiative; on the Alabama United, Rural Economic Development Committee; and as a Delta Regional Authority’s Leadership Institute Fellow.
An Alabama native and resident, Mr. Rhone holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.
Board Position: Member-At-Large
Occupation: Owner/President, Pugh Wright McAnally, Inc. Civil Engineering and Land Surveying | Current Term: 2019-2023
Mr. Blake McAnally
P.O. Box 2419
Decatur, AL 35602
Mr. Blake McAnally became the third owner and president of Pugh Wright McAnally in May 2004. He currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm, including serving as a primary contact for all customers. His design work includes civil engineering for site grading and drainage plans, stormwater management plans, roads, utility systems, and commercial development. Additionally, he has more than 14 years of experience with a national multi-discipline engineering and environmental firm.
Mr. McAnally has been involved in Industrial Recruitment across North Alabama for the past 30 years and has gained experience through all parts of the process. Through the course of his professional work, Mr. McAnally has had much interaction with Workforce Development Agencies, Economic Development Agencies, Power Companies, Rail Companies, Educational Institutions, State of Alabama Agencies, and many County and Municipalities across the state.
Mr. McAnally serves and has served on many boards as Director and Chairman, including as Trustee/Elder of his church, Lads to Leaders – National Vice Chair, Decatur-Morgan Co. Chamber of Commerce – Chairman, Decatur Entrepreneurial Center – Chairman, Morgan County Transportation Committee-Chairman, Decatur-Morgan Hospital Foundation – Chairman, River Clay Fine Arts Foundation – Chairman, Decatur City Schools Foundation – Director, Leadership Alabama 2011-12. Mr. McAnally was named the Citizen of the Year for Decatur-Morgan County in 2016.
Mr. McAnally earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the University of Tennessee at Martin, 1985.
Board Position: Ex-Officio Member
P.O. Box 302101
Montgomery, Al 36104
Dr. Yvette M. Richardson has served as a member of the Alabama State Board of Education, representing District 4, since 2010. District 4 encompasses seven well populated counties, and 14 school systems. Currently, Dr. Richardson serves as President Pro Tem of the Alabama State Board of Education.
Dr. Richardson is a native of Fairfield, AL. She is also a proud product of the Fairfield City school system. Dr. Richardson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Miles College, a Master’s and Educational Specialist degree from Samford University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Alabama. She spent over 30 years in education in the Fairfield school system. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum, and as the superintendent in the Fairfield and the Russell County school systems. Dr. Richardson has also served as an associate dean at Virginia College.
Currently, she is Dean of General Education, and an associate professor in the Elementary Education Division at Miles College.
She is a member of several professional and civic organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Magic City Chapter of the Links, Inc. She is the mother of two.
She is an advocate for the students and teachers in the state of Alabama. Dr. Richardson is passionate for Anti-bullying efforts, and launched a website, and resource initiatives for the state of Alabama in order to address bullying in the 21st century. She has won an Anti-bullying award, and received recognition for her dedication to Autism. Dr. Richardson is the recipient of the Golden Apple Award from Samford University in the areas of teaching and leadership.
Dr. Richardson believes our children are our greatest investment.