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Wallace Community College Sparks Campus Board Members


    The Honorable L. Bernard Smithart, Chair
Burt Smithart is the Circuit Court Judge for Barbour and Bullock Counties. He joined the Sparks Foundation Board in August 2002 and is currently serving as Chair. He says,“the resources that Wallace provides our area can do more to improve the quality of life of our citizens than any other single entity. Our job as a board member is to be sure that people know about what is available.”

    Mr. James D. Bradley, Vice Chair
James D. Bradley is the Director of Economic Development of the Eufaula/Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Sparks Foundation Board in November 2006 and is currently serving as Vice Chair. He believes that “the Sparks Campus of Wallace Community College is one of our community’s greatest assets and that the Foundation’s focus on providing funding for worthy and needy students is of utmost importance.”

    Mr. Grady Hartzog, Treasurer
Grady Hartzog is the President of Hartzog and Company in Eufaula. He has been a member of the Sparks Foundation Board since February 2004 and is currently serving as Treasurer. He feels “the Sparks campus is a vital part of our community that provides educational opportunities to area students. The Foundation board helps provide these opportunities and serving on the board is a great privilege to help the community.”

    Mr. Albert Adams
Albert Adams, Jr. is an attorney in Eufaula and has been on the Sparks Campus Foundation Board since August 2002. He joined the Sparks Foundation Board because he is a former student and the College afforded him the ability to get an education later in life."

 

  Mr. Ralph Clark
Ralph Clark is the CEO of Medical Center Barbour in Eufaula. He joined the Sparks Foundation Board in March 2014 because of the College's strong allied health programs and the significance to the community hospital.
    Mr. Robert M. Dixon, Jr.
Robert M. Dixon, Jr. is the President of M. C. Dixon Lumber Company in Eufaula. He joined the Sparks Foundation Board in January 2010 and says "the foundation is an investment in the people of our community, our greatest asset."
 
    Mr. Tim Esslinger
Timothy C. Esslinger is the General Manager of Equity Group-Eufaula. He joined the Sparks Campus Foundation Board in May 2010 because he wants to "support our state community college system and the Eufaula/Barbour County residents through the growth of the WCC Sparks Campus and help provide world class educational opportunities for our region."
 
    Mr. Richard Hutto
Richard Hutto serves as a Vice President for Alabama Power and joined the Sparks Campus Board in February 2011.  He believes that “it is very important for there to be a firm connection between the business and education communities.  Serving on the Sparks Campus Foundation Board is a meaningful way to ensure that connection remains strong.”
    Mr. Mark Joy
Mark Joy is the President of Joy Enterprise, Inc. in Eufaula. He joined the Sparks Foundation Board in March 2014 and feels like "serving on the board will give him the opportunity to make a difference in the community."
    Ms. Mary Foy Kirkland
Mary Foy Kirkland is the President of Young Johnston and Associates in Eufaula. She joined the Sparks Foundation Board in May 1998 because as a former teacher she feels like "serving on the board gives her the opportunity to continue her interest in education." 
     
    Mr. Shane Seaborn
Shane Seaborn is a member of the law firm, Penn and Seaborn, LLC, with offices located in Eufaula, Clayton, and Union Springs. He joined the Sparks Foundation Board in March 2014. He is excited about serving on the board because he understands the importance of a quality education to our community.
    Mrs. Laurie White
Laurie White is a Partner, Physical Therapist, and Clinic Director at PT Solutions in Eufaula. She joined the Sparks Foundation Board in March 2014. She feels that WCC is vital to the health and growth of our community and considers it an honor to serve in a capacity to help local students as they pursue higher education.

Ex-officio 

    Dr. Linda C. Young
Dr. Linda C. Young has served as a president in the Alabama Community College System since 1988 when she was appointed president of Sparks State Technical College in Eufaula. In 1999, Sparks was merged with Wallace Community College, and Dr. Young was appointed president of the institution. Under her leadership, the College has developed strong community support as evidenced by its two thriving Foundations. Dr. Young received her associate in arts degree from Enterprise State Junior College, both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Troy University, and she received her doctorate from Auburn University. She has served in a variety of civic organizations and professional associations over the years. 

Staff

    Dr. Tracy Brooks, Secretary
Dr. Tracy Brooks has been with Wallace Community College since 2007. She works with both the Wallace Community College Foundation and the Wallace Community College Sparks Campus Foundation and is an instructor in the Business Technologies Department. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Troy University, and she received her doctorate degree from Auburn University.
    Ms. Marcia Hudson
Marcia Hudson has been with Wallace Community College and Sparks State Technical College since 1989. She works with the Wallace Community College Sparks Campus Foundation as well as the Career and Technical Education division at the College. She received a diploma in word processing from Phillips College and her AAT in Office Information Systems Technology from Wallace Community College.