Steve Hawkins, the retiring principal at Eufaula High School, has been named the new executive director of the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.
Hawkins will remain at EHS until a yet-to-be-determined date in December and will begin his duties at the Chamber on Jan. 1, 2019. He announced his retirement from Eufaula City Schools on Tuesday.
Hawkins fills the void created with Sallie Garrison resigned earlier this fall as executive director of the Chamber.
“I am so very thrilled to have been selected as the new executive director of the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce,” Hawkins said. “I want to thank the Chamber’s board of directors for their enthusiastic vote of confidence.
“Our Chamber’s work is vital to the area’s business community and I look forward to working with our Chamber’s board, volunteers, and staff to grow the organization and to promote the interests that ensure the livelihood of our local businesses. After almost 28 years in public education, I am grateful to have an opportunity that allows me to continue to serve my community.”
With 27 years of teaching and administrative experience, Hawkins has served as principal of Eufaula High since May 2007. Prior to that time, he was principal at Sanford Avenue Elementary School (2004-2007), and assistant principal at Admiral Moorer Middle School (2001-2004). He came to Eufaula in 1994 as director of bands at Eufaula High School after serving four years in a similar capacity with Ashville High School in St. Clair County. In addition, Hawkins has served as organist and choirmaster at First Presbyterian Church of Eufaula since 1995. He brings to the Chamber a strong background in human resource management, fiscal management, and communication and leadership skills.
Hawkins is an active member of First Presbyterian Church where he is an ordained elder. He has served as a member of Session as well as the Pastor Nominating Committee. He is active in community activities and serves as a volunteer for the Eufaula Pilgrimage. He serves on the Eufaula Fine Arts Committee, is an executive committee member of the Eufaula Arts Council, and is an annual participant in the MLK Day of Service. He is active in numerous professional associations, and has received a myriad of awards and recognitions at local, state and national levels.
“We are very excited Steve Hawkins has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce,” Chamber President Ken Novak said in a press release. “He is a seasoned professional with a wealth of knowledge and strong leadership skills. The members of the Chamber Board of Directors and I welcome Steve and look forward to working with him to enhance our City and Barbour County.”