Samuetta Hill Drew is a former teacher, principal and administrator for Birmingham City Schools.
Drew was hired as a teacher in 1975 and worked her way up to assistant principal, principal of Dupuy Elementary School in Woodlawn, school director, head of student support services, director of human resources and, ultimately, chief of operations for Birmingham schools. During her career she received high marks for academic improvements and for leading initiatives to promote student health and successfully downsize system resources.
The Birmingham Board of Education appointed her to replace Superintendent Craig Witherspoon in July 2012, but the action was rescinded immediately by the Alabama Department of Education, which had taken over operation of the system. Nevertheless, in her one day of service, Drew directed Witherspoon's office cleared and had his email access suspended and his office locks changed.
In addition to her education career, Drew has served as a board member for Jack and Jill, Inc., Girls, Inc., the Urban League, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the Cahaba Girl Scout Council. She chaired the Birmingham Planning Commission and co-chaired the Quality of Life: Youth Committee for Regions 20/20. Drew was a member of the Leadership Birmingham class of 1998.