Columbus Technical College’s vice presidents of academic affairs and student affairs are now graduates of the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Executive Leadership Academy. Dr. Melanie Thornton and Tara Askew were among 27 technical college executives from throughout Georgia that successfully completed the 9-month long academy. All graduates were honored recently at a ceremony in Savannah.
Participation in the academy is highly selective and by invitation only. Mrs. Askew was nominated by Columbus Technical College President Lorette M. Hoover while Dr. Thornton was nominated by Okefenokee (now “Coastal Pines”) Technical College President Dr. Glenn Deibert; both were then approved by the Executive Leadership Academy’s (ELA) board of directors.
“It was an honor to be part of this class of the Executive Leadership Academy,” Askew said. “The ELA afforded me an excellent opportunity for an exchange of ideas and initiatives that can be used to further the mission of technical education.”
“The ELA provided a great exploration of resources and leadership tools necessary to serve the people of Georgia in a global economy,” Dr. Thornton said of her experience.
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson calls the annual academy a hugely successful venture.
“It is entirely focused on developing the next great leaders for Georgia’s technical colleges,” said Commissioner Jackson. “The academy’s programs provide our rising executives with unique opportunities to increase their knowledge of the TCSG while also obtaining valuable leadership experience.”
The academy is designed to acquaint participants with the leadership and managerial responsibilities of TCSG executives. The program is primarily geared to the policies and procedures of the TCSG, the curriculum is also broad in scope to have application to public two-year colleges in any state and includes topics ranging from ethics and operations to institutional effectiveness, accreditation, strategic planning, legal issues, and much more.
Executive Director of Community & College Relations, Cheryl Myers, will be the next administrator to represent Columbus Technical College at the Executive Leadership Academy. The 2014 class kicks off July 16 with two-to-three day sessions each month (except for December) through April of 2015.