Kennedy appointed to Alabama Commission on Higher Education

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The Alabama Senate recently confirmed Walker Area Community Foundation (WACF) President Paul Kennedy to a nine-year term on the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE). Kennedy, who was appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey, in September, is the second person from Walker County on the 12-member board.

Jasper attorney Charles E. Sanders Jr. is also a member of ACHE and has previously served as chairman.

Kennedy will represent the 4th Congressional District.

"I was proud to support Paul's confirmation. As President of the Walker Area Community Foundation, he has done excellent work for our community and has provided strong leadership that I am confident he will bring with him to this new role. His professional experience and dedication to serve will be a valuable asset to the commission, and I look forward to supporting him in any way I can," President Pro Tempore Greg Reed said.

Kennedy was named the executive director of WACF in 2007. He has extensive experience in watershed management, historic preservation, economic development and environmental education through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

His work has included conservation planning assistance to both landowners and government entities throughout Alabama.

He has a bachelor’s degree in forestry from North Carolina State University.

The ACHE board is the coordinating body for public institutions of higher education.

Kennedy was appointed to the ACHE board along with Ann Forbes Sirmon of Mobile.

“The professional experience that commissioners Sirmon and Kennedy will bring to ACHE will be invaluable during these unprecedented times in higher education,” ACHE Executive Director Jim Purcell said in a written statement. “As we continue to navigate uncharted territory, we will need strong leadership to expand and explore new challenges. I feel totally confident in their ability to provide that leadership.”