MONTGOMERY, Alabama — After a meeting with Coastal Alabama Community College faculty, staff and leadership on Thursday, June 20, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced that a search for a new permanent president at the college will begin immediately.
As is customary, an official 30-day posting of the vacant position for president will commence immediately. Following the posting, a committee will review applications and begin the interview process.
An announcement naming the next permanent president of the college is expected at an ACCS Board of Trustees meeting in the fall.
Baker said Patty Hughston, Coastal’s current interim president, will leave the college, effective July 1, to lead a significant statewide workforce initiative at the Alabama Community College System Office in Montgomery.
Baker appointed Dr. Kemba Chambers to serve as interim president until a permanent president is named.
Chambers will not apply for the vacant president’s position at Coastal.
Baker said he appreciated Hughston’s leadership at the college, and he praised the continuation of excellence at Coastal under Chambers.
“I am grateful for Patty’s leadership and service at such an important time for Coastal Alabama and am grateful she is bringing her skills and expertise to the System Office,” Baker said. “Dr. Chambers has been an incredible asset to a number of ACCS institutions and I’m confident she is the right choice to lead the college during the final stretch of this transition period.”
Chambers is a career educator with more than 20 years of experience in education as an instructor and administrator. Most recently, she served as executive vice president and vice president of Instructional Services at Trenholm State Community College in Montgomery.
A Chattahoochee Valley Community College alumna, Chambers has served at four ACCS institutions during her career. Notably, she previously served as Interim President at J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College in Huntsville.
Chambers earned an associate of arts from CVCC, a bachelor of science in secondary mathematics education from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, a master of science in secondary mathematics from Troy University, and a doctor of education in higher education administration from Auburn University.
With 24 community colleges in more than 130 locations, the Alabama Community College System is Alabama's gateway to first-class, affordable education and technical training to compete in a constantly evolving workforce. More than 168,000 Alabamians benefit from the various certification, credential, dual enrollment and degree programs ACCS offers alongside leading industry partners. The System includes the Alabama Technology Network, which provides extensive training and service offerings directly to business and industry. ACCS is governed by the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees.