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Jasper businessman Matthew Woods sworn in as state community colleges trustee

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees gained a new member on Wednesday.

Gov. Kay Ivey recently appointed Matthew Woods, a Bevill State Community College graduate and Jasper area businessman, to serve as a representative for District 4 in West Alabama.

Woods was sworn in on Wednesday after being confirmed by the Alabama Senate on Feb. 8. He’ll replace District 4 Trustee Frank Caldwell, who recently resigned his position on the board, which oversees Alabama’s 25 community and technical colleges.

“As a successful businessman who is familiar with the important work being done at our community colleges, I’m confident Mr. Woods will make an excellent board member,” said ACCS Chancellor Jimmy Baker. “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.”

Woods, a second-generation entrepreneur and manager of Jasper Auto Sales, has been a supporter of his alma mater, Bevill State, where he served as a student ambassador and SGA president of the college’s Jasper campus.

After he received an associate’s degree from Bevill State, he went on to obtain a bachelor of science in business administration aviation management from Auburn. Since then, he has been running his local business and received a Certified Master Dealer in Automotive Retail from the National Independent Automobile Dealer Association.

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Woods has served as an executive board member of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce, a high school mentor through Walker County Youth Leadership and Leadership Walker County. Woods co-founded the Hope After Loss Organization and volunteers for the Walker Area Community Foundation and the Walker College Foundation.

Chip Brownlee is a former political reporter, online content manager and webmaster at the Alabama Political Reporter. He is now a reporter at The Trace, a non-profit newsroom covering guns in America.

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