​​​Alabama School Board Member Dr. Tonya Chestnut is ASU Founders' Day Keynote Speaker

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Alabama State University will celebrate its 122nd Founders’ Day on Friday, Feb. 4. Due to the prevalence of the coronavirus, the convocation will be held virtually again this year and can be viewed at www.facebook.com/asu starting at 10 A.M. CST.

 The convocation speaker is one of Alabama State University’s notable alumni, Dr. Tonya Chestnut.

 About the Convocation Speaker

Dr. Chestnut has more than 35 years of instructional and administrative practice. She currently serves as a member of the state of Alabama School Board, representing District 5. Her impact on the field of education is represented by her present and past service as an educational consultant, dean of teacher education, principal coach, federal programs director, curriculum director, principal, teacher and pastor.

Dr. Chestnut is active in the community particularly through her serving as co-pastor of Fresh Anointing House of Worship Selma and as an active member of the Zeta Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.; and the Alabama Retired Educators Association.

Dr. Chestnut is a proud alumna of Alabama State University, having earned her Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education and the Educational Leadership Certification from ASU. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University, an Education Specialist degree from Auburn University in Montgomery, and an Instructional Leadership and the Doctor of Education degree in Transformational Leadership from Concordia University, in Portland, Oregon.

The Selma, Alabama native is married to Dr. Coley C. Chestnut, Sr. and they have five children, five grandsons and one granddaughter.