Board Members

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    Ronnie Owens
    Board Member, President 
    School: (256) 760-1300

    Mr. Owens graduated from Lauderdale County High School in Rogersville. He earned his B.S. degree in Business Education and History from Troy University, and his M.A. degree in School Administration and Supervision from the University of North Alabama. Additionally, he has completed 60 hours in Doctoral Studies at Mississippi State University.

    Mr. Owens' experience includes seven years as a classroom teacher, seven years as an assistant principal, and thirteen years as a principal. After retiring as an educator he served eight years as a Training Manager and Senior Manager with the West Corporation and DirecTV in Huntsville.

    Mr. Owens is married to the former Joan Hamilton who taught 35 years at Anderson School. They have three sons, Brock (Leslie), Whitney (Melia), Ryan Owens, and six grandchildren.

    Mr. Owens was elected to the Lauderdale County Board of Education on November 4, 2014 and is currently serving a six year term. He was re-elected in 2020.

  • Daniel Patterson

    Daniel Patterson
    Vice President
    School: (256) 764-1300

    Daniel Patterson is a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County. He has served on the Board of Education since 2010. He graduated from Lauderdale County High School in 1976 and went on to attend the University of North Alabama, earning a bachelor's degree in Business and Public Relations. He earned a graduate degree in Auction Marketing from Indiana University.

    Mr. Patterson is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School, the University of Alabama School of Real Estate Appraisers, the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI), and the Accredited Auctioneers Real Estate (AARE). He is also a certified Equine Appraiser.

    Since 1989, he has worked for United Country North Alabama Realty & Auctions as a real estate broker, auctioneer, and appraiser. He is a past board member and president of the Alabama Auctioneers Association and is a past president of the Muscle Shoals Board of Realtors MLS Board.

    He is a Certified City of Florence Ambassador. Mr. Patterson has two children. His son Cutter is a graduate of Brooks High School and attends Mississippi State University where he is studying Chemical Engineering. His daughter Rachael is also a graduate of Brooks High School and is currently attending Northwest-Shoals Community College, hoping to become a teacher.


  • Terry Holden
    Terry Holden
    Board Member

    Terry Holden is a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County. He has served on the Board of Education for fourteen years. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1976 and attended Jacksonville State University, where he graduated from the North East Alabama Police Academy. Mr. Holden has worked in Law Enforcement for 42 years.

    Mr. Holden is currently the Police Chief in Rogersville Alabama. He also serves as President of the North Alabama Police Chiefs Association and serves on the Executive Board of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police. He is District 5 Representative of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police.

    Married to the former Rhonda Collier, they have one Daughter, Alanna (Todd) Sullivan, and one son Matthew (Madison) Holden, and four grandchildren, all of whom attend Lauderdale County schools. 

  • Dennis Hargett

    Dennis Hargett 
    Board Member 
    School: (256) 760-1300


    Mr. Hargett graduated from Belgreen High School in Belgreen, Alabama, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education at the University of North Alabama. He earned his Masters degree from UNA in Special Education, with endorsements in Guidance Counseling and Administration.

    Mr. Hargett retired from the Lauderdale County School System after 36 years of service. During his time in the county school system he was a Special Education teacher, coach, bus driver, and guidance counselor. 

    Mr. Hargett's wife Kathy taught at Brooks Elementary for 30 years. Their daughter, Whitney McGill (Justin), is a teacher in the Lauderdale County system.

    He is a deacon and treasurer at his church. His hobbies are playing golf and supporting various high school and college sporting events.  Mr. Hargett enjoyed his time in the system, especially working with students. That is the reason he wanted to be a board member


  • Larry Hill

    Mr. Larry Hill
    Board Member
    School: (256) 760-1300

    Mr. Hill is a graduate of Central High School and earned a BS and Masters Degree in Secondary Education, an administration endorsement, and an EdS degree from the University of North Alabama.

    Mr. Hill is a retired educator who worked for over 30 years for the Lauderdale County Board of Education. During his tenure in education, he was employed as a bus driver, teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. He is married to the former Charlotte Thompson, also a Central graduate. They have two daughters, Laura and Whitney, both teach at Central. The Hills also have two grandchildren, Cal Taylor, and Lucy.

    Mr. Hill's hobbies are his grandchildren, gardening, and traveling. The Hills are members of Sherrod Avenue Church of Christ.


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