Mr. Thompson was appointed to the Alabama State Board of Education by Governor Bentley on June 4, 2014.
District I includes Baldwin, Butler, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Escambia and a portion of Mobile Counties; and the following colleges: Jefferson Davis Community College; James H. Faulkner State Community College; Reid State Technical College; and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.
Al Thompson is a fifth generation native and resident of Baldwin County. He was born in Bay Minette and is a product of the Baldwin County public school system, having attended Bay Minette Elementary and graduating from Baldwin County High School. Following high school, Al attended Faulkner State Community College before going on to Auburn University. While at Auburn, Al was active as a student leader, serving as SGA Vice-President and Student Senator. After graduating from Auburn University in 1978 (BS, Marketing), Al returned to Baldwin County to manage the family’s five specialty clothing stores located in Gulf Shores, Spanish Fort, Fairhope, Bay Minette and Atmore. He is currently the owner of Thompson Properties in Bay Minette. He is also active as a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay Minette, where he serves on the Board of Trustees and as a Deacon.
Al enjoys involvement in public service as a long serving member of the Baldwin County Judicial Commission and the Bay Minette Planning Commission. In addition, he served four terms on the Baldwin County Board of Equalization. This local board of review is comprised of county residents and annually hears appeals of property tax assessment valuations. Baldwin County is Alabama’s largest and, perhaps, most diverse county. In 2008 and 2009 this part-time review board handled more property appeals (over 48,000) than any other Board of Equalization in Alabama. That includes Jefferson and Mobile Counties which have full-time boards. In 2008 alone, the Baldwin County BOE handled some 22,000 appeals due to the real estate “bubble” and completed the session in just seven months under Al’s management as Chairman. Normally resolution of this large number of appeals would take a period of eighteen months to complete.
The Thompson family has always taken an interest in and supported public education. Al’s parents and siblings are all products of the Alabama public school system. The Thompson family was instrumental in the establishment of Faulkner State Community College in Baldwin County and also donated the land for the North Baldwin Center for Technology.