Dr. Diane Willard Hudson is a 1979 graduate of Athens State College. Her admission to the school came at a time when most would have given up.
“In 1977 I was a single parent with children, ages, 1,2, and 3,” states Hudson.
“I had completed 2 years of college but quit to get married. Now here I was, single again, and needed direction. I applied to Athens State College, and was accepted.”
Hudson received some limited music scholarships, but with the help of many she excelled and graduated. She was also named to “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities” her senior year. Within two weeks of graduation she began teaching in Lawrence County, Alabama.
While teaching, Hudson continued her studies and received a Master’s Degree and an Education Specialist Degree. Later, she taught in Athens City schools as a Learning Disabilities Specialist in the 1980s and early 90s.
In 1995 Hudson started working as an Assistant Professor in Secondary Education at Athens State after receiving a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She retired as an Associate Professor Emeritus in 2005 but still teaches as an adjunct professor in the College of Education.
All three of my children have graduated from Athens State, and we all have strong ties to this institution. I love Athens State because it was there when I needed it most. The professors were wonderful, and I learned so much about life and the pursuit of education and goals.
Hudson thanks Athens State for the long journey they have had together. She hopes to pay it forward as an active alumnus and in her work as an instructor.