Montgomerian Gale Saxon Main, a Jacksonville State University graduate and native of Ashland, Alabama, has joined two others in officially taking seats on the JSU Board of Trustees after being confirmed by the Alabama State Senate during the 2012 regular session and reporting to the university.
Main graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education with a concentration in business education and went on to complete her Master’s degree in education from JSU, with an emphasis in media/library science.
She married Justice James Allen Main, a pharmacist and lawyer who currently serves on the Supreme Court of Alabama and previously held the positions of Chief of Staff in the Fob James administration and State Finance Director under Gov. Bob Riley. Together, they have three children: James Allen Main, Jr., B. Saxon Main and Ashley Main Parker.
Main’s experience and civic involvement within the community have sculpted her to be an ideal addition to the JSU Board of Trustees. She taught for 10 years for four different school systems, and has served as Chairperson of the Scenic Byways Advisory Council for the state of Alabama, and Treasurer and board member for the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation Landmarks Advisory Board.
In addition, Main served on the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the Alabama Historical Commission, the Antiquarian Society of Montgomery and several other organizations.
Getting to know the students and faculty that comprise JSU, as well as making sure that JSU stays the best university it can possibly be, are among her top priorities, according to Main.
“I hope to talk with some of the students and faculty in order to learn their hopes, dreams, aspirations and some of their issues with the campus,” Main said. “The two most important things we must accomplish are keeping JSU at its academic peak while also trying to keep education affordable.”
Main said she also looks forward to exploring the changes that have taken place since she was a student at JSU herself.
“I think this opportunity will be wonderful,” she said.