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 quarterly, 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.
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: Owner, Thompson Properties | Current Term: 2015-2021
307 Hand Avenue
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Mr. Thompson is a committed public and community servant and has a passion for public education and the development of a skilled workforce to support the development, growth, and expansion of Alabama’s business and industry sectors.
Mr. Thompson is a native and resident of Baldwin County where for 35 years he operated specialty clothing stores in Gulf Shores, Spanish Fort, Fairhope, Bay Minette, and Atmore. He is currently the owner of Thompson Properties in Baldwin County.
His public service has included serving on the Alabama State Board of Education, the Baldwin County Judicial Commission, the Baldwin County Board of Equalization and the Bay Minette Planning Commission.
He is an alumnus of the Alabama Community College System and received his B.S. from Auburn University.
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: Director of Marketing, Russel Medical Center | Current Term: 2015-2021
423 Auburn Drive
Alexander City, AL 35010
Susan Foy currently serves as the Director of Marketing for the Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, Alabama. Prior to serving in this position, she served as President and CEO of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Foy currently serves on the Business Council of Alabama’s Executive Board, Leadership Lake Martin Board of Directors, Alexander City Industrial Development Authority, and as Government Affairs Chairman for the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus in Marketing from the University of Alabama.
Board Position: Congressional District 4
Occupation: Mr. Woods is a second-generation entrepreneur and Manager of Jasper Auto Sales | Current Term: 2019-2023
2270 Creekside Lane
Jasper, AL 35503
Mr. Woods is a second-generation entrepreneur and Manager of Jasper Auto Sales. A community college graduate, Woods has been an active supporter of his alma mater, Bevill State Community College, where he served as a student ambassador and president of the Student Government Association at the Jasper Campus.
Mr. Woods serves his community in a number of roles including serving as an executive board member of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce, a mentor for high school students through Youth Leadership Walker County, and he is an alumnus of Leadership Walker County. Additionally, Woods is co-founder and president of the Hope After Loss Organization and volunteers for the Walker Area Community Foundation and the Walker College Foundation.
He received an Associate Degree from Bevill State Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Aviation Management from Auburn University. Woods is also a Certified Master Dealer in Automotive Retail from the National Independent Automobile Dealer Association.
Board Position: Congressional District 5
Occupation: Vice President of Development, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce | Current Term: 2015-2021
P.O. Box 2003
Decatur, AL 35602
Crystal Brown is the Vice President of Development for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.
She currently serves on the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and the Community Free Clinic of Decatur-Morgan County. She has actively served on boards for the American Heart Association, the Volunteer Center of Morgan County, Parents and Children Together and as chairman of the board for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Brown is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Leadership Alabama. She resides in Decatur.
Board Position: Congressional District 6
Occupation: Director, Industrial Business Development, BL Harbert International, LLC | Current Term: 2019-2023
P.O. Box 43412
Birmingham, AL 35243
Mr. Milton Davis is the Director of Industrial Business Development for BL Harbert International. His current responsibilities include market analysis, sales, strategic planning, client presentations, risk analysis, and contract negotiations.
Throughout his career, Milton, 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
Occupation: Human Resources Manager, RockTenn Paper and Forest Products | Current Term: 2015-2021
P.O. Box 29
Demopolis, AL 36732
Chuck Smith is the former Human Resources Executive at RockTenn. Corp. Mr. Smith is an experienced executive in the pulp and paper industry and has made his home in Demopolis, Alabama for many years. Mr. Smith has held various HR leadership roles in the industry.
Mr. Smith has worked diligently with the local city officials and community college leadership to promote and secure important technical and career training programs to the Black Belt.
Through his work and support, Mr. Smith has supported public education and has been recognized for his fund raising and contributions to the local dual enrollment program in Demopolis. Through his support for the career technical and academic programs of the community schools in his area, Mr. Smith has a demonstrated commitment and loyalty to provide students with greater employment opportunities through education and training programs that are relevant to today’s work force.
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
Mr. Jeffrey Newman
P.O. Box 266
Millport, AL 35576
Mr. Newman’s philosophy of education is that he strongly believes that our educational system should provide the opportunity for all students to reach their full potential. Whether the goal is to attend a two- or four-year institution, receive a technical or military education, or to enter the work force, we must educate for a purpose, regardless of the wide range of ability levels of the students we serve.
He has over 32 years of experience in education and is recently retired as Superintendent of Education of the Lamar County School System. Prior to becoming superintendent, he served as an administrator of federal programs, a career technical principal and director, a high school assistant principal, and an agribusiness teacher. His wife, Brenda, is a retired elementary teacher/reading coach and is National Board Certified in early childhood. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Both daughters, Crystal and Lisa, are both Alabama teachers.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Education with a focus in Agribusiness Education from Auburn University; Master of Education, Agribusiness and Extension Education, Mississippi State University; Master of Education, Administration and Supervision, The University of West Alabama; and an Educational Specialist, Curriculum/Instruction Evaluation and Administration, NOVA Southeastern University.
Mr. Newman is a member of the School Superintendents of Alabama, Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Association of School Boards, and the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools.
“All non-board members wishing to be heard by the Board shall be afforded such opportunity during the portion of the meeting so designated. Such comment shall be kept to no more than three (3) minutes in order that all persons shall have an opportunity to speak. Non-members shall sign up to speak no later than 24 hours before the board meeting and shall note which agenda item or topic the speaker wishes to address. Comments shall be addressed to the Board and shall not include any personal or other comments addressed to any particular member of the Board. There shall be no debate and no action taken by the Board during this portion of the meeting. The Board may, in its discretion, limit the number of persons afforded the right to make public comment or otherwise establish procedures for determining the conduct of public comment portion of the meeting.” –from the bylaws of the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees, adopted May 27, 2015