Samuetta Drew

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Samuetta Hill Drew is a former teacher, principal and administrator for Birmingham City Schools.

Drew completed her undergraduate studies at Tennessee State University in Nashville and earned a graduate degree at UAB and completed postgraduate studies at Samford University.

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Board of Education appointed her to replace Superintendent Craig Witherspoon in July 2012, but the action was rescinded immediately by the Alabama Department of Education, which had taken over operation of the system.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.

Drew retired from the school system on December 31, 2013. Most of her last year of service was spent acting as the system's liaison to the Department of Education's intervention team.

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. Drew also serves on the Jefferson County Community Service Committee.


  • Leech, Marie (July 18, 2012) "Battle over Birmingham city schools shifting to Montgomery." The Birmingham News
  • Leech, Marie (February 14, 2013) "Samuetta Drew, who spent a day as Birmingham school superintendent last summer, to retire." The Birmingham News