Rev. Dr. Judy Ann Alston

Rev. Dr. Judy A. Alston is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami (OH) University. A native of Charleston, SC, she earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.Div. from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration, and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education both from the University of South Carolina, and Bachelor of Arts in English from Winthrop College. An educator for over 35 years, she is a prolific speaker, author, and researcher. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is the Associate Pastor Woodland Christian Church in Columbus, OH. She is a General Board member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

The NBA’s vision statement is “creating communities of compassion and care.” What does this mean to you?

At the heart of leadership are love and service. The vision statement, for me, is the action of those two things. We are the hands and feet (the disciples) to love and serve the communities with compassion and care.