May 8, 2009


Northeast President Named Jackson County Citizen of The Year

Northeast Alabama Community College President Dr. David Campbell has been named the Jackson County Citizen of the Year for 2009 by the Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Scottsboro Daily Sentinel.

“This is a tremendous achievement for Dr. Campbell,” stated Brad Shurett, publisher of the Daily Sentinel. “I don’t think anyone will argue that he is most deserving of this award. The vision he has for Northeast Alabama Community College has made an impact on not only Jackson County but all of northeast Alabama.”

Campbell was chosen for the award by a committee composed of government and civic leaders and representatives of the Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Sentinel. “I am very appreciative of this award,” Campbell stated. “It is humbling to be named for this honor because I know first-hand that there are so many very deserving people for this award.”Dr. David Campbell

Campbell has served as President of Northeast since 2001. During that time the college’s credit enrollment has increased by approximately seventy percent and more than twenty programs, many in workforce development, have been added. Under Campbell’s leadership, the college also added an Adult Education program, which was named the best in Alabama in 2008, and the Alabama Technology Network. “We have an outstanding staff and faculty at Northeast and we have great support from the Community,” Campbell added. “An award of this nature really reflects on so many others who make great contributions to the college every day.”

Campbell has been cited for his leadership by other organizations in the past. The Fort Payne Times Journal named him in 2006 as the annual Citizen of Influence for his work at the college, and in 2007 the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce recognized him as the Educator of the Year. In 2008 the Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce presented Campbell with the Friend of the Chamber Award for “his innovation in teaching and learning.” Campbell in 2008 was also honored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation for “outstanding leadership on behalf of the Foundation, the State of Alabama, and all state humanities programs throughout the United States.” Campbell from 2006-2008 served as chair of the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state-wide organization recognized recently for the launch of the online Encyclopedia of Alabama. Prior to becoming President of NACC, Campbell was named Most Outstanding Instructor at the college. He also was chosen the Most Outstanding Instructor in the Alabama Community College System. In 2007 Campbell also received a national award for Exemplary Leadership by the Chair Academy.

Professionally, Campbell serves on the Jackson County Economic Development Agency Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for the Impact Learning Center. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Colleges of Appalachia. Additionally, he serves as a Committee Review Chair for the Commission on Colleges and has conducted accreditation reviews throughout the Southern states. He serves as the Presidential Coordinator for the Alabama Community College System’s Master Teacher Program.

Campbell states that his ambition for Northeast is to continue to strive to create an atmosphere at the college where students, faculty, and staff can excel and utilize to the fullest their talents and abilities. He also wants to see the college more and more involved in providing programs and training that help local citizens obtain jobs for themselves and their families.