Drake State president placed on administrative leave, Calhoun administrator named acting president

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - News about a change at the top level at Drake State Community and Technical College was announced Monday evening.

The college's president, Dr. Helen McAlpine, was placed on administrative leave, according to college officials. The Alabama Community College System has not made the details of McAlpine's leave public, saying that it is a "personnel matter."


Dr. Kemba Chambers (Photo: Drake State)

In the meantime, Dr. Kemba Chambers, the Dean of Mathematics, Natural Science, and Pre-Engineering at Calhoun Community College has been appointed acting president for Drake State.

Dr. Chambers released this statement late Tuesday afternoon:

"I certainly appreciate the confidence Chancellor Heinrich has shown in me by asking me to serve Drake State Community and Technical College at this time. As someone who has worked for the College previously, I feel that my knowledge of Drake and of this community will be important and beneficial as we move forward in continuing to serve our students, our community, and our System."

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