Commissioner Jackson Appoints Dr. Tina Anderson to be the Next President of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College


June 6, 2013

Dr. Tina Anderson
Dr. Tina Anderson

Atlanta – Commissioner Ron Jackson today informed the state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia that Dr. Tina Anderson, who is currently the president of Moultrie Technical College, is his choice to become the next president of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta.

Board Member Ben Copeland of Valdosta made the motion to approve the appointment of Anderson to the position, and the full board voted unanimously in favor of the selection. The announcement and vote were made during the board’s monthly meeting at the TCSG headquarters in Atlanta.

Anderson will move into her new position at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College on July 1. She will replace Dr. Ray Perren, who left the college in May to become president of another TCSG college, Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, Georgia.

Jackson told the board members that Anderson is thoroughly committed to building careers for students and enhancing workforce development in the communities served by her college. “Dr. Anderson’s strong dedication to technical and adult education has been proven time and again during the ten years that she’s been the president of Moultrie Technical College. I know that she’s looking forward to this new opportunity to bring her leadership to Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and work with its outstanding faculty and staff,” said Jackson.

Anderson thanked Jackson for the confidence that he has placed in her. “I’m excited that the commissioner has provided me with this opportunity to be involved with the faculty, staff, and, most of all, the students of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. I look forward to working with all the campuses and communities that comprise the Wiregrass service area,” said Anderson.

Anderson has been the president of Moultrie Technical College since 2003. Last year, the college served almost 3,300 students on the main Moultrie campus and three additional campuses in Tifton, Ashburn and Sylvester.

Prior to that, she was vice president of academics (2001 to 2003) and vice president of student affairs (2000 to 2001) at Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins. She was also the director of the career resource center at Middle Georgia College in Cochran (1995 to 2000), associate director of admissions at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus (1992 to 1995), and an instructor at South Georgia Technical College (1991 to 1992).

She has a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Georgia Southern University. Anderson earned her master’s of science and bachelor of business administration degrees at Georgia Southwestern State University.

Jackson told the board that he will ask Jim Glass, the executive vice president for academic affairs at Moultrie Tech, to serve as the college’s acting president beginning on July 1 and until a replacement for Anderson is named.

About Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (WGTC): In 2012, WGTC enrolled 7,503 students in credit programs and delivered more than 121,000 credit hours of instruction. Continuing education classes are also offered. WGTC serves Atkinson, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes and Wilcox counties. The main campus is in Valdosta, with additional campuses in Fitzgerald and Douglas, and a center in Sparks. The college also provides adult education programs including GED preparation and testing. WGTC also delivers workforce training for new and expanding companies through the TCSG’s Quick Start program. For more information about WGTC, go to http://www.wiregrass.edu/.

Ben Copeland, Tina Anderson, Lynn Cornett, Commissioner Jackson
Ben Copeland, President Tina Anderson, Board Chair Lynn Cornett,
and Commissioner Ron Jackson

About the TCSG: The 25 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of outstanding instructors and hands-on learning with state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs.

In 2012, the TCSG colleges delivered 2.8 million credit hours of instruction to more than 170,000 students. The TCSG is online, too, serving 85,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical Connection. TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia’s HOPE grant and scholarship and the federal Pell grant, which will pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education.

The TCSG Office of Adult Education delivered a variety of programs to 78,000 students in 2012 and almost 18,000 adult learners earned their GED credential. The TCSG Quick Start program provided customized workforce training to almost 58,000 employees of new and expanding companies in Georgia. For more information about the TCSG and links to a technical college in your area, go to www.tcsg.edu.