Shelton State Community College has appointed Brad Newman, manager of Tuscaloosa-based automotive supply plant ZF Chassis, to be the college's new president. His appointment ends a yearlong vacancy at that position.

Newman was selected during a Wednesday meeting of the Alabama Community College System board of trustees.

Newman attended The University of Alabama, earning two degrees in industrial engineering. He started his career at General Motors as a manufacturing engineer, before moving on to serve as plant manager at various suppliers.

Get our free mobile app

He became plant manager of ZF Chassis Systems Tuscaloosa in 2012, where he oversaw the production of complete chassis modules for the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International plant in Vance.

He has also served as chairman of West Alabama Works and vice chair of Education and Workforce Development for the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. He is also the founding member of the German Business Council, and a member of the Alabama Germany Partnership. He also served as an advisory board member for the University of Alabama Blackburn institute.

Newman was selected for the position at Shelton because of his 28 years in leadership and management experience.

"As a local industry leader, I know first-hand the critical role Shelton State plays in the community and the important impact the quality education and training the college provides has on the local economy," Newman said in a press release. "I look forward to meeting with students, faculty, staff, and administrators over the coming weeks as we take steps to continue to move Shelton State forward."

He will be replacing former president William J. Ashley, who left the position in March 2020.

"I look forward to meeting with students, faculty, staff, and administrators over the coming weeks as we take steps to continue to move Shelton State forward,” Newman said.

Newman's position will begin starting April 1st.

Top Stories From The Tuscaloosa Thread (3/01-3/05)