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Monday, September 13, 2010
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Mrs. Nicola Lawler
Telephone: 256-761-6207
E-mail: nllawler@talladega.edu


Talladega, AL. On Friday, September 10, 2010, President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate several distinguished individuals to key administrative posts. In his announcement to the press, he said “I am proud to nominate such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this administration. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.” Among the 11 individuals nominated was Dr. Helen T. McAlpine, a Talladega College alumna, who was nominated to serve on the Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. McAlpine earned a B.A. degree in English from Talladega College in 1970.

The nomination of Dr. McAlpine is a testament to an illustrious career that includes her current position as President of J.F. Drake State Technical College in Huntsville, AL. Appointed in 2000, she is the third president of the institution and the first female to serve in that capacity.

Dr. McAlpine has over 38 years of experience in the field of education. Her prior positions include Assistant Superintendent of the Huntsville City School System and several positions with the Gadsden City School System. She has also taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels, including a previous position with Jacksonville State University. After graduating from Talladega College, she earned her M.S. from Jacksonville State University, and her Ed.D. from the University of Alabama.

McAlpine’s professional affiliations include past chair of the American Association of School Administrators (1999-2000) and president of the Alabama Counseling Association (1990-91). She has also been a member of the National Education Association, Alabama Education Association, Huntsville Education Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Alabama Association for Counselors and Supervisors, the Alabama Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the Alabama School Counselors Association.

McAlpine has received numerous awards and serves her community through her membership with various civic organizations. She is a member and past President of the Huntsville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Dr. McAlpine resides in Madison, Alabama with her spouse, Dr. Johnny W. McAlpine. They have one child, Mrs. Carla Franklin.

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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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