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College of Education and Human Sciences Professor Appointed to State Board

May. 21, 2019



Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256-606-2033 or 256-765-4392

FLORENCE, AL – Dr. Trudy Abel, an associate professor of Collaborative Special Education in the University of North Alabama’s College of Education and Human Sciences has been appointed to the Alabama Lifespan Respite Coalition by Gov. Kay Ivey. 

“I’m honored to accept an appointment by the Governor to the Alabama Lifespan Respite Coalition,” Abel said. “I look forward to serving the people of Alabama and working with the Coalition to build partnerships and strengthen public awareness about respite care.” 

The Alabama Lifespan Respite Coalition was created by the Alabama Legislature in 2012 and is comprised of members who are culturally, economically, and geographically diverse and representative of the state demographics. The coalition’s responsibilities are three-fold: to build partnerships and coordinate respite care efforts statewide; to provide public awareness about respite to the citizens of Alabama; and to identify, coordinate, and develop community/funding resources for respite services. 

Abel’s term will expire in June of 2021, and her appointment fills a vacancy on the Coalition. 


About The University of North Alabama 

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professionals. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/