Athens State University is pleased to announce the appointment of Huntsville City Schools superintendent, Christie Finley, to the College of Education’s Board of Visitors by Athens State’s Board of Trustees. Her appointment is for a three-year term.
Finley is a third-generation educator with more than 25 years of experience in public education. She earned her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and began her career in education as a high school social studies teacher at Bob Jones High School. She completed her master’s degree from Alabama A&M University in school counseling, and, while working as a counselor, she earned her educational leadership degree from the University of South Alabama.
During her career in Huntsville City Schools, Finley has served in a variety of roles including school principal, Director of Secondary Programs, and Deputy Superintendent of Strategy and Innovation. She received the 2019/2020 Sustainer of the Year Award from the Junior League of Huntsville for her leadership and commitment to the organization. She was also recognized by the School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) in February 2020 with the Legislative Engagement Award for her collaborative efforts and partnerships with state legislators. Additionally, she was named the SSA Superintendent of the Year for District 9.
Finley has partnered with The Schools Foundation and the Creative Cities Fund for the Committee of 100 to help increase the number of teachers within the district who engage in the National Board Certification process. She has also strengthened existing partnerships, such as with the Aviation and Missile Center (AvMC).