West Georgia Technical College

Whitlock named VP of student affairs

by Rebecca Leftwich


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Tonya Whitlock

Tonya Whitlock of Newnan has been named West Georgia Technical College’s vice president of student affairs.

Whitlock, who most recently served as associate provost at WGTC’s Coweta Campus, replaces Eddie Gore, who retired after 27 years with the institution.

“We are excited to see our own Tonya Whitlock become the new vice president of student affairs,” said West Georgia Technical College President Skip Sullivan. “Her experience and dedication to the college and to technical education are a welcome addition.”

A graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University – where she earned degrees in industrial and apparel/ textile engineering and technical management – Whitlock is expected to earn her doctorate in educational leadership from Mercer University in August. She has been employed in the technical education field for 17 years, beginning as an instructor for then-West Georgia Technical College. 

“Tonya’s promotion is recognition of the great work she’s done here in Coweta to get this community to the point where we’re ready to open a new full-service technical college campus,” said Mark Whitlock, CEO of the Coweta County School System’s WGTC-partnered Central Educational Center in Newnan. “We are excited for her. She has put in a lot of work and this is recognition of the trust the college has in her to lead its executive team forward in the future.

“Tonya always goes the extra mile,” he added. “Her work day doesn’t stop. She’s one of those folks who’s incredibly committed, passionate and talented.”

A member of the Professional Organization of Georgia Educators, Tonya Whitlock has served on the Certified Literate is Coweta’s Key (CLICK), Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Coweta and Keith Brooking Children’s Foundation boards of directors, on the Newnan-Peachtree City Employers Committee and as Newnan Kiwanis Fair Marketing Committee chair.

She also is a graduate of the WCTC Leadership Academy, Leadership Coweta and Leadership Haralson.

The CEC chief says Tonya Whitlock’s understanding of Coweta County is “critical.”

“It gives her an advantage in terms of understanding what this community will need,” he said. “It will bring a much higher level of service to Coweta County.”

Tonya Whitlock, a native of Valdosta, lives in Newnan with her husband Deon and 4-year-old daughter. She works with youth and the church school at Emmanuel Life and Worship Center, where for 10 years she was Christian education director.

“We are thrilled to see Tonya joining our senior staff,” said Dawn Cook, WGTC vice president of institutional advancement. “She did an excellent job at our Coweta Campus and we know she will continue to do so in her new position.”

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