Wiregrass Foundation selects new trustees and begins fundraising campaign


December 10, 2012

At the start of the new academic year, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Foundation South selected new trustees as others completed their service on the board. The Foundation South provides financial assistance for students in Lowndes, Cook, Brooks, Echols, Lanier, and Berrien Counties and supports the workforce and economic development efforts of the College. Trustees play a key role in this process.

New trustees include: Stacy Bush of Bush Wealth Management, Sharah Denton of Brooks County Schools, Thor Hahn of IPG Architects, Dr. Charles Hobby, Kevin McCraney of Georgia Power, Andrea Schuijer of Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority, Chip Wildes of SAFT, and Baha Zeidan of Azalea Health Innovations.

Trustees who are continuing on the board are Bill Slaughter (Chair) of Waller Heating and Air Conditioning, Joe Belson (Vice Chair) of Metis Planning, Tim Jones (Treasurer) of Citizens Community Bank, Larry Carter of Choice Automotive, Butch Houston of Life of the South in Nashville, Simmie McNeal, Wendell Morgan of McDonalds, Sidney Morris, Gary Moser of Moser, Rose & Cox, Scott Orenstein of South Georgia Construction and Consulting, Michael Purvis of Cook Medical Center, Jim Respess of Timber Products Inspection, Randy Sackewitz of JM Eagle in Adel, Tim Tanner of Coleman Talley LLP, Gus Walters of Chancy Drugs, John Whitehead III of City of Valdosta, Bill Whitfield of Johnson Distributing, and Cynamon Willis of Ambling Companies.

These business and community leaders oversee the foundation and are beginning an annual campaign in December to meet some aggressive goals. Those goals include not only student assistance with textbooks, tuition, fees, but also equipment for the Associate Degree in Nursing, Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care, Wireless and Electrical Engineering Technician programs, and an expansion at the Cook County Center.

According to Bill Slaughter, “Wiregrass Georgia Technical College has helped thousands of students from all walks of life gain additional training in their chosen field of work. I am so proud of the College and the needs it fulfills for our community. The College is a large part of our local economy and just one of the tall pillars this community leans on for its stability. All of the credit goes to the excellent instructors and to all of the support staff who work so very hard to make this institution what it is.”

For many people, completion of college has become more difficult as a result of the statewide reductions in HOPE grant and scholarship. As our area strives to grow our economy, stronger workforce skills are a necessary part of the plan. To ensure that more students are able to improve their skills and that the College is able to provide up-to-date training and education, the foundation accepts donations from both individuals and corporations. Anyone wishing to learn more about the foundation, the benefits of giving, or to make a donation can contact Dr. Penelope Schmidt at 229-293-6190 or penelope.schmidt@wiregrass.edu. Donations can also be made online by clicking on the “Donate” button for Wiregrass Foundation South at http://www.wiregrass.edu/about/foundation.php.