Hannon named interim WGTC president
by Celia Shortt
The commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia has asked West Georgia Technical College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Pat Hannon to serve as the interim president of WGTC.
“I know Pat Hannon to be a highly capable administrator and one I can trust to step in and provide strong leadership for the faculty, staff and students of West Georgia Technical College,” said Commissioner Ron Jackson.
“I am thankful to Commissioner Ron Jackson for his confidence in me, and I am humbled by this opportunity,” Hannon said. “West Georgia Technical College has the very best team of faculty and staff anywhere and they will make my job much easier.”
Hannon and current WGTC President Dr. Skip Sullivan will work together through December to ensure a smooth transition.
In November, Sullivan announced he is leaving his post as WGTC president to become president of Alfred State College in Alfred, New York. Sullivan has served at WGTC since 2006.
Under Sullivan’s tenure WGTC opened its new Coweta campus south of Newnan off Turkey Creek Road. The technical college also continues some classes at the Coweta County School System’s Central Educational Center.
“I have been honored to be a part of WGTC for the past seven-and-a-half years,” Sullivan said recently. “While I am personally excited about this new step in our career, I will leave behind many friends and truly dedicated faculty and staff. The relationships I have developed with employees, community leaders, legislators, and others are invaluable to me. It has been a great experience for me personally.”
Hannon added that the college will continue to do what it does best, which is serving students and building a skilled workforce for the region. “This college will continue to move forward because of the dedication and professionalism of our people,” said Hannon. “What we do as a college is vitally important to our communities. We supply a competently trained workforce to both new and existing industries and, at the same time, we provide an opportunity to help real people change their lives for the better.”
Hannon has served in several leadership positions at WGTC over the last 26 years. After a stint in private industry, he was hired in 1987 to oversee the business operations of what was then Carroll Technical Institute. He served as the vice president for administrative services for 11 years and was also the college’s vice president of student affairs before being named vice president of academic affairs. Hannon will begin his tenure as interim president on Jan. 1.
In the coming weeks, Jackson will name a presidential search committee consisting of business and community leaders from the area served by the college. The process to appoint the permanent president of the college is expected to take up to two months to complete.