Dr. Betty Hubbard is the kind of teacher and administrator with the fortitude to sternly admonish a student when necessary and yet the graciousness to always have her door open for the student in need.
Dr. Hubbard has been at Concordia College Alabama since January 2009. She originally moved to Selma for her husband's position with the United Methodist Children's home. "I was at a Research One University and had planned to find a position at a Research One University, but I started here and I fell in love with the students and the school," she says.
Over the years, Dr. Hubbard says she's seen numerous lives changed by CCA. Many students begin their freshman year at the College underprepared or unsure of what they can accomplish. But through the care of small classes and nurturing teachers, CCA has established itself as an institution with a highly successful teaching program among other fields.
Q. Can you share a story of change you've seen during your time here?
Dr. Hubbard also told us it was through the influence of pastors and teachers at CCA that she became a Lutheran. Her entire family has sense joined the LCMS. "As I learned more about Lutheran doctrine, I became more interested," she says. "It is very freeing that we don’t have to work to earn God’s love; it’s already there so it just makes you want to do the right thing."
Despite feeling at home and happy in her family's new church body, Dr. Hubbard says it's been frustrating to see how the Synod has responded to the financial troubles at CCA. And yet, simultaneously, she understands it's a difficult situation.
Betty is worried about the effects of the school's closing on the city of Selma. With around 100 employees, CCA is one of the larger employers currently in Selma.
She lays out the details of what it would be needed for the school to remain open. "I think our minimum number was 8 million which would give us two years to build. You know, 12 million would get us there easy."
Betty is one of many who will miss Concordia College Alabama and the life-changing affect it has on people. "Someone asked me what I’m going to do next and I said, you know I don’t know. This is home," she says.