Saraland-Satsuma Community Education Advisory Council, Inc.
Giving Need & Merit Based Scholarships to Seniors
The Hudson Scholarship
June 6, 1972 to
March 7, 1998
Dr. Veronica Elaine Smith Hudson received her BSN from Mobile College in 1984 and her MSN from the University
of Mobile in 2003. While working as a Professor of Nursing at the University of South Alabama she received her
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Community Health from the University of South Alabama in 2007.
Dr. Hudson has resided in Saraland since 1965 and graduated from Satsuma High School in 1979. She started
working at Springhill Memorial Hospital in 1985 in various positions of Pediatric Nurse, Recovery Room Nurse,
Charge Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse Supervisor and Nurse Manager. She has worked as a Nurse Manager of
Postpartum and Newborn Nursery at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital for the past
13 years. She recently changed positions and now works at USA University Hospital in the Human Resource Office
as a Manager of Workforce Development.
Dr. Hudson was selected as one of the first five school board members of Saraland Board of Education in 2007.
While serving as a School Board Commissioner she chaired the legal committee and co-chaired the superintendent
search committee. She also chaired the Community Advisory Council (CAP) and helped to organized community
support that helped to select the Spartan mascot and the red and gray school colors for Saraland City Schools.
Dr. Hudson has been a board member of the Saraland Satsuma Chickasaw Community Education Council since
around 2005 where she now sponsors a Hudson Family scholarship. She’s a member of Keep Saraland Beautiful,
the Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and a sponsor of the Historical Bailey Cemetery. She a longtime
member of Freewill Pentecostal Church of God in Mobile. She was nominated as Citizen of the Year in 2008, 2009,
and 2010. Dr. Hudson was appointed to the City Council in 2009. She was very instrumental in the City of Sarland
becoming a Smoke Free city.
Dr. Hudson has been married to Fred Hudson for over 36 years. They have two daughters Ashlee & Alisha (both
graduates of the University of South Alabama), and two sons Freddie Jr & Adam (graduates of Gulfport Community
College and Bishop State Community College) and 4 grandchildren: Aidan, Aubree, Amara, and Tristan. She has a
passion and values education and decided to sponsor the Hudson Family scholarship in honor of her family.