Snead State Community College

Snead State Community College is a public community college in Boaz, Alabama. It began as a private seminary in 1898 and became part of the Alabama Community College System in 1967.[4] Snead awards associate degrees in 79 programs and certificates in 24 programs.[1]

Snead State Community College
Former names
Boaz Seminary, John H. Snead Seminary, Snead State Junior College
TypeCommunity college
PresidentDr. Robert J. Exley
Students2,436 (Fall 2012)[1]
Location, ,
United States

34°12′5″N 86°10′12″W
Snead Junior College Historic District
The Norton Library and Museum
Location220 N. Walnut St., 308 W. Mann Ave., 201 College Ave., and 300 and 301 Elder St., Boaz, Alabama
ArchitectOdis Clay Poundstone, Stuart E. Washburn
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Classical Revival
NRHP reference #99000468[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 22, 1999
Designated ARLHApril 6, 1998[3]


Snead began in 1898 as a grade school for girls in the house of its founder, Anna D. Elder. Oversight of the school was transferred to the state conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church later that year. By 1901, enrollment necessitated the construction of a separate building, allowing the addition of a high school. In 1906, local businessman John H. Snead donated land and money to the school, and it was renamed in his honor. After the city of Boaz built a public high school, Snead expanded to add a junior college in 1935; the primary and high schools were phased out three years later.[4] The junior college gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1941.[1] When the Alabama Community College System was created in 1963, enrollment at Snead suffered, and in 1967, the System acquired Snead, which became the 15th college in the system.[5]


The historic core of campus forms the Snead Junior College Historic District, which was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 1998 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.[2][3] The district encompasses four buildings: the Administration Building (built 1920–21), the Boatman President's House (1936), the Norton Library/Museum (1940), and Pfeiffer Hall (1942).[5]


  1. "Snead State Community College". College Navigator. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  3. "The Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage". Alabama Historical Commission. June 21, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 24, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  4. Smith, Shelley (July 11, 2012). "Snead State Community College". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Alabama Humanities Foundation. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  5. King, Pamela Sterne; Trina Binkley (March 11, 1998). "Snead State Junior College Historic District". National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. National Park Service. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014. See also: "Accompanying photos". Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
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