Interim President, Gadsden State Technical College
Helen T. McAlpine has been the president of J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College since 2000. In 2014, she was appointed the interim president of Gadsden State Technical College. President McAlpine has over 38 years of experience in the field of education. Her prior positions include assistant superintendent of the Huntsville City School System and several positions with the Gadsden City School System. She has also taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels, including at Jacksonville State University. She received her B.A. in English from Talladega College, her M.S. from Jacksonville State University, and her Ed.D. from the University of Alabama.