January 25, 2011


Lyda Named NACC Foundation Chairman

The Northeast Alabama Community College Foundation recently announced a new chairman for 2011/2012. Hoyt Harbin, Foundation Chairman for 2009/2010 announced at the NACC Foundation Holiday Gala in December that he will be succeeded by John B. Lyda of Flat Rock, Alabama in January 2011.

Lyda has been a member of the Foundation Board since its creation in 2005. He is a life-long resident of Jackson County. He has an Associate Degree from Northeast Alabama Community College and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University. Lyda began his military career in the Alabama Army National Guard in 1965 as a Combat Engineer. In 1971, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after completing Officers Candidate School at Fort McClellan, Alabama. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advance Course, Adjutant General Officer Advance Course, Engineer pre-command course and Command and General Staff College. He is a highly decorated veteran with 15 medals including Legion of Merit, Army Achievement Medal and Humanitarian Medal, just to name a few. He retired from the military in 2003 after serving 39 years. Lyda was also elected to the Jackson County Board of Education, Member at Large in 2009. “Mr. Lyda is no stranger to promoting education or being a leader,” stated Heather Rice, NACC Development Director. “I knew John and his family before working with the NACC Foundation. I look forward to working with him and continuing the work of our Foundation Board.”

Incoming chairman of the NACC Foundation, John Lyda (L), is pictured with outgoing chairman, Hoyt Harbin (R).

“I am honored to have the privilege to serve as NACC Foundation Board Chairman,” stated Lyda. “I am a charter member and have had the opportunity to observe the board program grow over the years and continue to strive to assist our college in giving our students every opportunity to prepare them for their future. I believe that our community college is one of the tools that can and will move DeKalb and Jackson County forward and thereby continue to improve the quality of life for all our citizens. I am grateful for the support the citizens of our two counties have provided since our beginning.”

Hoyt Harbin, outgoing chairman, has been on the Foundation Board from the beginning. Harbin is the owner of Harbin Ford and Harbin Chevrolet in Scottsboro, Alabama. “He is a great business leader in his community and is a great asset to our Foundation” stated Heather Rice, NACC Development Director. “Mr. Harbin is always pushing the importance of education and how lucky our communities are to have Northeast Alabama Community College in our back door.” Harbin will continue to serve on the board, and was presented with a platter at the Holiday Gala with an inscription that read “Leading by Example.”

“We at Northeast very much appreciate the work our Foundation Board chairmen and all board members do for the college,” added Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “They volunteer their talents and leadership for projects and activities that provide educational opportunities for our students and the community. They are an outstanding group and it is a pleasure working with them.”

For more information about the Foundation Board and how you can contribute contact Heather Rice, Development Director at college ext. 301 or email