SGTC board of directors recognized at state leadership conference
Published 3:05 pm Monday, November 19, 2018
From Staff Reports
AMERICUS — The South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) board of directors was recognized as a fully certified board at the Technical College Directors Association and the Technical College Foundation Association annual leadership conference in Savannah recently.
All seven members of the SGTC board of directors have completed individual board member certification training and are fully certified board members. The seven-member board is made up of community leaders representing the SGTC service area, which includes Sumter, Schley, Crisp, Macon, Marion, Webster and Taylor counties.
The SGTC board of directors is led by Chairman Jake Everett of Webster County, and Vice Chair Jimmy Davis of Macon County. Other board members include: George Bryce of Sumter County, Richard McCorkle of Marion County, Janet Siders of Sumter County, Mattye Gordon of Taylor County, and Don Porter of Lee County, who works with Georgia Power in Sumter County. Siders also serves on the Technical College Directors Association Board.
Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Matt Arthur recognized the SGTC board members who had all earned their TCDA board certification. The commissioner also recognized SGTC President John
Watford, Ed.D., and presented the SGTC board of directors with a framed certificate at the annual conference. SGTC board Chairman Jake Everett accepted the plaque with Watford. Don Porter was also presented an individual recognition for achieving his 100 percent certification during his first year on the SGTC board.
The mission of the Technical College Directors’ Association of Georgia (TCDA) is to build the capability of the local boards of directors to effectively increase the real and perceived value of technical and adult education in Georgia.
The local board of directors of individual colleges were created by Georgia State Statute to assist the Technical College System of Georgia State Board in carrying out its mission. The primary purpose of the local board and its members is to: 1.) advise on program direction via their personal subject matter expertise and awareness of area business needs for program decisions and priorities; 2.) serve as a check and balance for the development and implementation of college goals and objectives as well as operations policies and procedures; and 3.) advocate within the community and in the state legislature on issues of importance in support of the technical college system and Georgia’s workforce development efforts.
Members of the local boards of the state-managed technical colleges in Georgia are automatically members of TCDA. Members have the choice of completing requirements to become a Certified Board Member through workshops and activities offered by TCDA. Workshops include information dealing with community advocacy, governance, budget and financial management, and other topics.