Atlanta & Columbus, GA – Columbus Technical College will soon have a new leader. Commissioner Ron Jackson today informed the state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia that Lorette Hoover, who is currently the president of Altamaha Technical College in Jesup, Georgia, is his choice to become the next president of Columbus Tech.
Board Member Chunk Newman of LaGrange made the motion to approve the appointment of Hoover 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.
Hoover will fill the job presently held by Bob Jones, who retires at the end of June. Her first day on the new job is July 1.
Jackson noted that Hoover is a proven and effective college leader whose broad experience in technical education, adult education and economic development helped to make her his first choice for the job. “Bob Jones has worked long and hard with his faculty and staff to build Columbus Technical College into an institution that’s widely-known and well-respected for its commitment to student learning and achievement. I believe that Lorette Hoover has all of the attributes to continue that good work and be the next great leader of this great college,” said Jackson.
Hoover told Jackson and the board members that she’s ready for the job, including the prospect of working in a community that she knows well. “I grew up on military bases overseas. When my father retired, he chose Columbus as his home. It’s incredible to think that years later I’m returning to the city to lead Columbus Technical College and help to ensure that thousands of students can achieve their education and career goals and that the workforce needs of employers are met. I’m very grateful to the commissioner and the TCSG board for allowing me this wonderful opportunity,” said Hoover.
Outgoing president Bob Jones is thrilled that Hoover was approved to take over the reins at Columbus Tech.
“I’ve known Lorette for years and she is the consummate professional,” Jones said. “I am completely confident that she will lead Columbus Technical College well into the future with an air of professionalism and integrity.”
Hoover has been the president of Altamaha Technical College since 2007. Last year, Altamaha Tech served almost 2,500 college students and 2,400 adult education students, and provided 62 companies with customized training. In addition to the main campus in Jesup, the college has additional campuses in Baxley, Brunswick, Hazlehurst and Kingsland.
From 2000 to 2007, Hoover was the vice president of instruction, vice president of student services, and vice president of economic development at Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville. She began her career at West Georgia Technical College in LaGrange in 1984, first as an adult literacy instructor, then as the college’s public relations coordinator, director of instruction, and vice president of instruction and student services.
Hoover has a master’s of science degree from Troy State University and bachelor’s degree from Columbus State University.