Dr. Sue Mitchell Bio

Family:  I was happily married for 42 years to L. Wayne Mitchell.  Wayne is deceased November 2013.  We have one son, Stephen.  I have three stepchildren, Kirt, Michele and Eric.  Eric is deceased March 2014.  I have six grandchildren, Chris, Sydney, Clay, Jonathan, Cameron and Riley.  I am fortunate that all of my children live near me to share my life on the Tennessee River.  I reside in the Albany Historic District of Decatur, Al

Work:  For 11 years, I had the privilege of working with General Research Corporation in Huntsville as a software engineer and systems analyst supporting the US Army and NASA.  34 years ago, I decided to make a career change and began my teaching career with Calhoun Community College in Decatur.  I retired May 2013 after teaching for 31 years.  I taught a variety of subjects including computer information systems, business administration and economics. Prior to my retirement I served for 5 years as the Department Chair for the Business and CIS Department.  In 1996, I began the 21st Century Virtual Journeys technology summer camps.  Each summer, we offered camp opportunities in Robotics, 3D Modeling and 3D Animation for children in 5th through 12th grades.  The partnership with the Decatur Convention and Visitors Bureau, SAIC in Huntsville, Decatur City Schools and Calhoun Community College has provided technology instruction to over 1,000 students from as far away as Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, and Alabama.  These camps continue through today.  Nine years ago, representatives of Auburn University invited Calhoun Community College to participate as a HUB for the BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technologies) Robotics competition, a national competition that supports middle and high school students interested in Engineering.  I served, until retirement, as one of the co-directors of Tennessee Valley BEST partnering with Auburn, Toyota, Cobham, GE of Decatur and Daybreak Rotary serving 21 to 30 local schools who participate in this competition every year.  Tennessee Valley BEST also continues today.  Presently, I am an adjunct instructor for Calhoun Community College teaching Economics.

Rotary:  I joined the Rotary Club of Decatur Daybreak in 1997 at the invitation of Gay Maloney.  In 2001, I resigned but 9 months later rejoined Rotary.  I’ve served in several capacities, including publishing the club bulletin, secretary, vice president, president-elect and president for the Rotary year of 08/09.  While serving as Daybreak President, we began YEA, Decatur, our club’s signature fund raising project celebrating our youth in the Arts.  Presently, I serve our club as its Foundation Chair and will continue in this position for the new Rotary year. I have also served at the district level as Web Master (03-08), Secretary (09/10) and Program Chair (10/13).  I served on the District Finance Committee for three years  (10/14).  For several years, I have served as the Paul Harris Society Coordinator for the district, but have relinquished this role to serve as the District Governor.  I was the District Trainer for DG Pat Cross during 2015-2016.  I served as the District Governor Nominee 2015-16; District Governor Elect 2016-2017 and am now the District Governor for 2017-12018.  For the past 5 years, I have served as a facilitator for Mid-South PETS and the Rotary Leadership Institute. I’ve attended 9 international conferences (Australia, Japan, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Montreal, Sao Paulo, Seoul and Atlanta). 

Education

BSBA, 1972, UA Huntsville (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration)

MAS, 1976, UA Huntsville (Masters in Administrative Science)

Ph.D, 1990, University of Alabama (Administration of Higher Education)

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