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ACS Board of Education Members

Beverly Maine BOE

Mrs. Beverly Malone, School Board President

Athens City Council District 5

Mrs. Malone is a 1981 graduate of Athens High School. She is a lifelong resident of the Athens community, and she loves Athens. She is married to George "Ricky" Malone, and they have two children; Dr. Christian Malone and Tyree Malone, a student at Alabama A&M University. Mrs. Malone has served on the Board of Education since May 2007. She is a member of Little Ezekiel Missionary Baptist Church in Tanner, Alabama. She is a self-taught baker, and she loves construction. Mrs. Malone loves helping students achieve above and beyond what they can imagine. She believes motivating them to be the best they can be is essential to success. She has served as the ACS Board President since May of 2021. Mrs. Malone believes serving on the board is privilege and honor and hopes her service inspires teachers, parents and the community to love and support the students of ACS to the best of their ability.

Phone: 256.232.8249   Email:

Shannon Hutton BOE

Mrs. Shannon Hutton, School Board Vice President

Athens City Council District 1

Shannon Hutton is an Athens native and a product of the Athens City School System. She graduated from Athens High School in 1994 and continued her education at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She is married to Ben Hutton, a Huntsville attorney, and they have four children who are students in the Athens City School System. Mrs. Hutton has held multiple leadership roles in respective PTO's relating to her children. In addition, she has served many community and church organizations as a leader and also as an officer. Mrs. Hutton has great devotion to Athens, Alabama and strives to do what is best for the children in this exceptional school system. She has been a member of the Athens City Schools Board of Education since May 2017. Mrs. Hutton has served as Vice President since June 2023.

Phone: 256.431.4437    Email:

Scott Henry BOE

Mr. Scott Henry, Board Member

Athens City Council District 4

Mr. Scott Henry moved to Athens with his parents, Mike and Paula,and younger brothers, Brian and Wes, as a third-grader in Athens City Schools. Scott graduated from Athens High School in 1987 and went on to Auburn University where he earned a degree in Accounting.  After working several years in public accounting and earning the designation of Certified Public Accountant, he entered government accounting. He currently is a controller for a defense contractor.Mr. Henry is married to the former Dana Sims, AHS Class of 1986, and they have one son, Mitchell who is an AHS graduate and a student at Auburn University. The family attends First United Methodist Church and is active in numerous community endeavors. Mr. Henry is deeply committed to public education and, specifically, the future of Athens City Schools. He feels this is an exciting time of challenge and innovation for the system and is proud to be part of the administrative arm of the organization. Mr. Henry has served District 4 since May 2014.

Phone: 256.777.6463    Email:

Anthony Townsend BOE

Mr. Anthony Townsend, Board Member

Athens City Council District 3

Mr. Anthony Townsend is proud to be an Athens native and a product of the Athens City Schools system. Upon graduation from Athens High School (1973), he attended Athens State University on an athletic scholarship, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education (1977). He was one of the first employees hired by Steelcase, where he retired after 35 years. Mr. Townsend is married to Lillie and they have three grandsons: Chriscean, Antonio and London. He is a member of Popular Creek MB Church, where he serves as a Deacon.Mr. Townsend has served on the Athens City Schools Board of Education since August 2022. He plans to draw from his experience as a former athlete and volunteer basketball coach to guide his decisions as a board member and will always strive for the best interest of our One Athens students and teachers. 

Phone: 256.206.5921     Email:

Mrs. Karen Clem, Board Member

Athens City Council District 2

Mrs. Karen Clem is a lifelong Athenian, veteran teacher, and Athens Golden Eagle. Mrs. Clem graduated from Athens High School in 1984 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Math Education from Athens State College. She obtained a Master of Education from the University of North Alabama ('92) as well as an Education Specialist from the University of Alabama ('03). Mrs. Clem taught thousands of golden eagles during her 31-year tenure at Athens High School, where she also served as the AHS Student Council Association Advisor for almost 30 years. She is still very active in SCA and holds the office of Alabama Student Council Association Executive Secretary and Southern Association of Student Councils Assistant Executive Director. Mrs. Clem was the first ACS teacher to earn National Board Certification, one of the most respected professional certifications in education. She retired from Athens High School in 2020. For the past 18 years, she has been a part-time, virtual instructor at Purdue Global University. and currently teaches math at Independence High School in Thompson Station, Tennessee. Mrs. Clem has advocated for the educational needs of our community’s children for over 30 years and looks forward to helping to build a vision that all can share in. Mrs. Clem, along with her husband, Dave ('72), and their children, David ('04), Richard ('06), Emily ('12) and James ('19), are all proud products of Athens City Schools!  She has served on the ACS Board of Education since June 2023.   

Phone: 256.777.9730    Email: