Whitlock to lead search for WGTC chief
by Celia Shortt
A search committee to select West Georgia Technical College’s next president will be headed by Mark Whitlock, CEO of the Coweta School System’s Central Educational Center in Newnan.
Creation of the search committee was announced Thursday by the commissioner for Georgia’s Technical College System, Ron Jackson.
“We will be looking to review applications for the position soon,” said Whitlock. “Our ultimate goal is to get three candidates to the commissioner.”
Whitlock said the 11-member committee will set up interviews with candidates after reviewing the applications and from there hopefully choose the three finalists. He also said this process will begin to move quickly.
“It’s a pretty aggressive timeline,” he said. “The commissioner hopes to have it (the WGTC presidency) filled by early summer.”
This past November, Dr. Skip Sullivan announced he was leaving his post as WGTC president at the end of the year to become the president of Alfred State College in Alfred, New York.
Sullivan had served at WGTC since 2006.
Shortly after, Jackson asked Pat Hannon to serve as WGTC’s interim president. Hannon and Sullivan worked together through December to ensure a smooth transition for both.
Joining Whitlock on the committee are Kali Kirkham Boatright, president and CEO of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce; State Senator Mike Dugan of Carrollton (District 30); Page Estes, president of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce; Delores Goldin, vice president of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation; Randy Jackson, senior vice president of human resources and administration, Kia Motors and Manufacturing Georgia, Inc.; Mike Lee, chairman of the West Georgia Technical College Board of Directors; James Van S. Mottola, chairman of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation; State Representative Randy Nix of LaGrange (District 69); Mike Wiggins, executive vice president (retired), Southwire Company; and Ricky Wolfe, chairman of the Troup County Commission.
“I’m pleased to be assisted in this presidential search by a committee of well-respected individuals from throughout the region served by West Georgia Technical College,” said Jackson. “I value each of their opinions and have great trust in their ability to help me select an outstanding leader who can build upon the college’s strong reputation as an excellent source for the knowledge and skills that people need for today’s highly technical jobs.”
The three candidates chosen by the committee will be interviewed by the senior management at the system’s Atlanta office before their final interview is scheduled with Jackson. His choice for the president’s job is subject to the approval of the 22 members of the state board that oversees the TCSG.