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Board of Trustees

Wynelle Sewell

REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

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Wynelle Sanders Sewell of Huntsville was appointed to the Board of Trustees by former Gov. Bob Riley in 2008, and was reappointed to a second term by Gov. Kay Ivey in 2020. She is a member of both the Executive Committee and the Trustee Committee.  She also serves as chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and vice chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee. She represents the Fifth Congressional District.

A Montevallo alumna, Sewell served for 30 years in public education with the Huntsville City Schools. She most recently served as a school counselor at Mountain Gap Middle School before her retirement in 2007.

While working in middle school, Sewell sponsored the Student Government, was cheerleader coach, coordinated the spelling bee, co-chaired the SACS reviews, developed workshops for teachers and students on numerous topics and was very involved in educational and counseling organizations.

In 1982, she became a member of the Beta Iota Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for women educators. She has held various chapter offices and served as president of the Huntsville President’s Council.

In 1989, the State of Alabama recognized her as the Middle School Counselor of the Year. During the 1990s, she represented the state as president of the Alabama School Counselor Association.

For several years, Sewell served as the liaison between the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the school system. For two years she served as the secretary on the local chapter’s board of directors.

She worked to establish the Martha Byrd Gates Norton Scholarship fund at UM, and previously served on the Chapter Presidents Council for the University.

As a student at Montevallo, she was in the first pledge class of the Kappa Chi Chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity. She participated on the Gold Side during College Night and was a Little Sister to Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Sewell is married to William “Bill” Sewell, a 1973 Montevallo graduate. Both are active in the Tennessee Valley Area Alumni Club. She has served in several positions and leadership roles, including those involving fundraising and scholarship initiatives.

She enjoys returning to campus to take part in class reunions and reconnecting with her sisters in Phi Mu Fraternity.