Glover to seek BOE seat

Published 12:34 am Friday, June 22, 2018

Sammy Glover has announced his plans to seek the District 1 seat on the Andalusia Board of Education in the Aug. 28 municipal election.

Glover is a former member of the board, to which he was appointed in 1989, when he became the first African American member. He served for 14 years.

In December of 2001, he was selected one of the five school board members statewide to be honored as outstanding board members.

In October of 1999, Glover became the first African American to be appointed chairman of the Covington County Board of Registrars. He was appointed by the governor.

Glover said that when the city changed the board of education membership from an appointed to an elected role, he could not pursue the office and continue to serve on the Covington County Board of Registrars.

“This is the first election for the board of education since my retirement in 2015,” he said. “Mr. (Walter) Wytch has chosen not to seek reelection. I wouldn’t be running if he had chosen to run.”

Glover said if elected, he will first work to get updated on changes in policies and procedures that have changed since his tenure ended.

Glover is a 1963 graduate of Woodson High School. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for three years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. After his military service, he returned to Andalusia where he worked for three years as a sales clerk for the Alatex outlet store.

The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union hired him in 1969, first as an organizer and later as a business manager. Later, he became manager of the Alabama and Florida districts with offices in Andalusia and Miami. He served in t his role until he retired from the organization in 1996.

He also has been active in the civic life of the community in other roles.

Glover served on the board of directors of the Andalusia Regional Hospital for 10 years.

He is a member of the Andalusia Lions Club, where he served one term as president, and was honored as Lion of the year in 2002.

He has served on the Advisory Board Committee of Andalusia High School and Lurleen B. Wallace State Junior College; member of the Board of Trustees for the Andalusia High School Class of 1948 Foundation; member of the board of directors of the Bright Beginnings Pre-school Foundation; member of the United Youth Leaders of Andalusia; president of the Summit Ridge Neighborhood Association; and member of “Can I Volunteer,” where he was selected volunteer of the year in 1996.

The Andalusia Kiwanis Club named him citizen of the year in 2017.

Glover is a member of the St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as Sunday school teacher, a member of the deacon board, and chairman of the board of trustees.

He and his wife, the former Annie McGhee, have one daughter, Tami, who resides in Huntsville.