Central Alabama Community College

ALEXANDER CITY -- Dr. Susan Burrow, president of Central Alabama Community College, announced the retirement of Dr. Melenie Bolton, associate dean of Health Science, according to a press release.

Bolton joined the college in September 1995 and held various positions of leadership during her tenure.

“We appreciate the service Dr. Bolton provided to Central Alabama over the last 23 years,“ Burrow says in the release. "Since 1995, the nursing program has played an essential role in meeting the workforce needs of our community hospitals and local health care providers."

Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker emphasized the importance of CACC’s Health Science programs in the community.

“It is projected in the next five years the state of Alabama will need more than 9,000 nurses to meet the state’s health care needs,” Baker says in the release. “Health science programs, like those at CACC, are vital in helping the state fill this demand now and in the future.”

To ensure CACC continues to meet local health care workforce needs, the college introduced Dr. Jennifer Steele as CACC’s Health Science Program administrator.

Steele brings to the college a wealth of professional nursing education experience. She joins CACC following a successful nurse educator career at Samford University, where she served as an assistant professor of nursing. She has a combined 20-plus years of service and experience as an educator and nurse clinician.

“We look forward to Dr. Steele’s excellent visionary leadership and growth of the Health Science programs at CACC,” Burrow said.

Steele will begin her new position May 17.