Woods reappointed to community college board

Special to the Eagle
Posted 4/4/19

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Senate reappointed Matthew Woods of Jasper to the Alabama Community College’s Board of Trustees Tuesday afternoon.Woods represents Alabama’s Fourth Congressional …

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Woods reappointed to community college board


MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Senate reappointed Matthew Woods of Jasper to the Alabama Community College’s Board of Trustees Tuesday afternoon.

Woods represents Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District, which includes Walker, Fayette and Winston counties. He was initially appointed to the board in 2018, to fill out the term of retiring member Frank Caldwell. 

“Matthew Woods is a successful young entrepreneur and he has been a great asset to the Community College Board,” Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) said in a press release. “Matthew has been an engaged member of the Board and has built great relationships with the Community College System’s leadership and other board members. He understands budgets and long-term financial forecasting, and has used that expertise to help the Community College System keep tuition affordable for Alabama’s students.

“Community colleges like Bevill State are ladders to economic prosperity for thousands of students — as a graduate of Bevill State, Matthew has experienced that first-hand, and his aggressive, forward-thinking leadership has benefited the Fourth Congressional District and the entire state,” Reed continued. “It was a pleasure to work with Governor Ivey and my fellow senators to re-appoint Matthew to the Community College Board.”

A second-generation entrepreneur with 17 years of experience in the automotive retail industry, Woods has served on the executive board of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce and has mentored high school students through the Youth Leadership Walker County Program. He is currently an advisory board member for Synovus First Bank of Jasper and is a trustee for the Walker College Foundation, which awards approximately 40 annual scholarships to Bevill State Community College students. 

“As a successful businessman who is familiar with the important work being done at our community colleges, Mr. Woods has been a dedicated board member,” said Jimmy H. Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System. “Mr. Woods, much like Alabama’s community colleges, is committed to improving our state by ensuring Alabamians are receiving the education and training they need to pursue their best future in West Alabama and across the state.”

Woods attended Bevill State Community College, where he was elected president of the Jasper campus’ student government association. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Aviation Management from Auburn University in 2004.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve a full term as the Fourth Congressional District’s Board Member on the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees,” Woods said. “I believe the community college system is in the best position to produce a well-trained, highly-credentialed, and marketable employee to meet the demands of our businesses and industries. I want to see our system continue to implement advanced technology to improve the student experience and create pathways for all of our students to be successful. I look forward to working alongside my fellow board members and Chancellor Baker to make Alabama’s community college system the best in the nation."

Woods holds a multi-engine instrument rating on his private pilot’s license. He and his wife of 12 years, Brandi, live in Jasper with their daughter.