Alabama Secretaries of State

Nancy Worley

Secretary of State Nancy Worley

Secretary of State: 2003-2007


Nancy Worley is a lifelong resident of Alabama, and a veteran educator of 25 years. Worley grew up on a family farm in New Hope (Madison Co.), Alabama and attended public school there. Each summer, from 1963 to 1970, she worked at the YMCA. Worley attended the University of Montevallo, where she received a B.A. degree with highest honors in 1973. She continued her education at Jacksonville State University, where she received her M.A. degree in 1975. She has completed courses at other universities in Alabama and abroad, including technology classes, after she received the TSPAT Scholarship Award. Worley taught school for 25 years in Decatur, Alabama, where she was active in numerous professional and civic organizations. In addition to teaching English and Latin, Worley sponsored cheerleaders, student clubs, and fundraisers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and American Heart Association. Worley taught part-time in the evenings for Northeast State Community College and John C. Calhoun Community College.


Worley was twice named Teacher of the Year, and was also a Teacher Hall of Fame nominee. The Alabama Jaycees honored Worley as Alabama's Outstanding Young Educator, and Good Housekeeping named her as one of the "100 Young Women of Promise." Worley was awarded the Alumnus of the Year honor at the University of Montevallo, and was recently given the Education Award by the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. She was named by The Decatur Daily as one of the "Twenty Leaders of Decatur," and has been listed in numerous national and international publications.


Worley was elected statewide and served two terms as President of the Alabama Education Association (1983-1984, 1995-1997), four terms on the Alabama Democratic Executive Committee, twice as State President of the Association of Classroom Teachers, and twice as State President of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She has been President of the Decatur Education Association, the Alabama Foreign Language Teachers Association, Opportunity Toastmistress Club, and the Alabama Classical Association.


Worley served on the Governor's Task Force on Welfare Reform, the Governor's Task Force on Education Reform, the Lt. Governor's Legislative Council, and numerous other state and national policy committees. She recently served on the Tuition Eligibility Board which provides scholarships to the families of deceased police officers and firefighters. She also lobbied with the AARP Capital City Task Force on Senior Citizen issues. Worley currently works with retired educators in an eight-county district with The Alabama Retired Teachers' Association and the Alabama Education Association. She is an active member of several other religious, civic, charitable and professional organizations.


Source: Secretary of State's website