Alumni Association

Alumni Association

The Gadsden State Alumni Association is an advocacy group comprised of alumni, students, faculty, staff and community supporters. Its purpose is to advance, support and promote the interests of the College, its students, the alumni and its members.




The Gadsden State Alumni Association provides scholarships, recognition opportunities, engagement and networking events and more for students, faculty, staff, alumni and members. Become a member today by completing a membership application.

Membership Application


  • Associate: Gadsden State faculty and staff, spouses of graduates and friends of Gadsden State
  • Graduate: Individuals who have graduated from certificate or degree programs at Gadsden State
  • Regular: Current and former, full-time or part-time Gadsden State students


  • Student Chapter: $10 a year (Gadsden State students graduating with a certificate or degree receive a one-year complimentary membership)
  • Annual Membership: $20 a year (renewal in October)
  • Lifetime Membership: $300 (installment plans are available)


Baisha Woody
Alumni Association Treasurer
PO Box 227
Gadsden, AL 35902


Gadsden State Alumni Association, Walnut Gallery team up for free event


The Gadsden State Community College Alumni Association and the Walnut Gallery is hosting “An Acoustic Evening with Alumni and Art” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 13. All alumni and Gadsden State supporters are invited to attend the free event.


“This is a great way for the alumni association to recruit new members as well as network with others who are supportive of Gadsden State and its mission,” said Justin Hayes, president of the alumni association.


“An Acoustic Evening with Alumni and Art” will feature music from local bluegrass great Glen Williams and local landscape artist Bryce Lafferty.


“This event will combine two popular forms of the fine arts – music and art,” said Mario Gallardo, owner of the Walnut Gallery and division chair of Gadsden State’s fine arts department. “People will be entertained at the Walnut Gallery, a venue they may have never visited before, while learning more about how they can get involved with the Gadsden State Alumni Association.”


Williams has been a part of northeast Alabama’s musical landscape since his days in the school band in Hokes Bluff. He is known for his bluegrass style and is a co-founder with his wife Felicia of the Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gatherin’. He has performed with several well-known bluegrass acts, including Doyle Lawson and IIIrd Tyme Out. For over two decades, Williams has been playing the guitar and mandolin as the leader of the Foggy Hollow Band. He is also a member of the worship band at North Glencoe Church.


Lafferty will have several watercolors of landscapes on exhibit. He is an associate professor at Jacksonville State University, where he teaches painting, watercolor, illustration, digital drawing and foundations drawing. His works have been accepted into many juried exhibitions in Alabama, North Carolina, Ohio, Connecticut, Tennessee and Georgia. Lafferty has been featured in solo exhibitions at such venues as the Birmingham Botanic Gardens, Heritage Hall Museum in Talladega, Horizon Gallery in Carrolton, Texas, and the Hammond Gallery at JSU.


Light refreshments, beer and wine will be served. For more information, contact Brandy Hyatt, liaison for the Gadsden State Alumni Association, at or 256-549-8247.

Alumni Association Art Exhibit Announcement


The Gadsden State Alumni Association is selling commemorative, personalized bricks that will be placed in the newly-renovated courtyard at the College’s Wallace Drive Campus to raise funds for student scholarships.

The bricks are $100 each and include three lines of 16 characters or spaces per line.

Purchase a Brick Today


Alumni Brick Campaign




Scholarship Application


The Gadsden State Community College Alumni Association is offering two $1,000 scholarships to two currently-enrolled Gadsden State students. The scholarships can be applied toward tuition, fees and books for the 2020-2021 academic terms at Gadsden State.


Application Deadline: April 6, 5 p.m.


PDF Form available:  Alumni Association Scholarship Application 2020 


Gadsden State Community College

Brandy Hyatt/Joe Ford Center

Attn: Alumni Scholarships

P.O. Box 227

Gadsden, AL 35902-02227

The scholarships will be awarded at the Gadsden State Honors Day programs April 20. For more information, call Brandy at 256-549-8247 or

View the 2018/2019 Alumni Yearbook


The Gadsden State Alumni Association give student scholarships each year. In 2020, the Alumni Association awarded scholarships to two currently-enrolled Gadsden State students. The scholarships are applied toward tuition, fees and books for the 2020-21 academic terms at Gadsden State. The scholarships are given at the annual Gadsden State Honors Day.




Caler Staub

Maria Petersen




Annual Awards

The Gadsden State Alumni Association honors several individuals at the annual Christmas luncheon for outstanding service to the College. Justin Hayes, president of the Alumni Association, presented certificates to outstanding faculty, technical faculty, support staff and alumni. Honorees received a personalized brick that will be placed in the courtyard on the Wallace Drive Campus.

Board Members

  • President: Justin Hayes
  • Vice President: Jason Millirons
  • Treasurer: Baisha Woody
  • Secretary: Brandy Hyatt 

(term through Dec. 31, 2020)

Board Members

  • Melissa Davis
  • Tom McElrath
  • Tabitha Bozeman
  • Carol Gray 
  • Jason Bozeman
  • Heather New
  • Buster Stewart
  • Brooke Davis
  • Christine Foster Cates
  • Jacob Vanderford
  • Julie White
  • Michelle Roberts
  • Patti Wilborn




College Representatives

(ex-officio, non-voting)
President Dr. Martha Lavender
Designees: Jackie Edmondson and Brandy Hyatt