Daniel selected WGTC president
by Celia Shortt
Stephen G. “Steve” Daniel has been appointed the next president of West Georgia Technical College by the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia.
“I strongly believe that Steve Daniel is an outstanding and excellent choice to be the next president of WGTC,” said Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. “He’s devoted his entire career to workforce training, and he fully understands the education needs of our students and skill requirements of today’s technology-driven jobs. I know that his passion for technical education and dedication to economic development will serve the college, its students, and the region that is serves quite well.”
Daniel currently serves as provost for Southern Crescent Technical College and is honored to be chosen and is looking forward to joining with WGTC and its workforce advancement initiatives.
“There are great examples of economic growth in the WGTC service area,” he said. “I’m excited by the opportunity to further advance the college’s partnerships with business and industry and strengthen the role of technical education in those efforts. I feel my background and experiences have uniquely prepared me for this role, and I’m committed to helping students achieve their career goals.”
Jackson also recognized Pat Hannon for stepping in and serving as WGTC’s interim president. Hannon also serves as vice president for academic affairs
“I want to especially thank Pat Hannon for his strong leadership and the long hours that he has dedicated to his college during this transition period,” he said. “The students, faculty, and staff of WGTC have all been well-served while he has been the interim president.”
Hannon has been serving as the interim president for WGTC, since Dec. 21, 2013, when former president Dr. Skip Sullivan left to become president of Alfred State College in Alfred, New York.
Daniel will begin his tenure at the Carrollton-based WGTC president on June 1. The technical college has a new Coweta campus south of Newnan that opened in 2013.
Jackson recommended Daniel for the position at the conclusion of the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia’s monthly meeting. They voted and unanimously approved his recommendation.
Daniel has been the provost of the Flint River Campus of Southern Crescent Technical College since 2011. Before holding that position, he worked in the TCSG’s Quick Start division, serving as the director of project operations for the Kia Project. As the project leader, he worked closely with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia to develop the pre-hire assessments and post-hire employee training that supported the opening of the Kia Motors manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia. From 2007 through 2011, he also managed the Kia Georgia Training Center adjacent to the Kia facility. In those four years, Daniel and his Quick Start staff at the center helped Kia Motors hire and train more than 3,000 team members. Daniel was also the vice president for economic development at Flint River Technical College in Thomaston from 2003 to 2007.
Daniel earned a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Troy University in 2007, and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.
He is currently pursuing his doctorate in education leadership at Valdosta State University. He also has experience in the private sector.