Columbus Technical College always has something to brag about and now its Local Board of Directors is getting its turn. That’s because for the seventh consecutive year, the board has earned 100% certification. Columbus Technical College is one of only two colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia that have earned this accolade since the inception of the so-named 100% Club in 2009.
The Columbus Technical College Local Board celebrates its seventh consecutive year as a 100% Board. Pictured are (left to right) Board members David McCurry (Chattahoochee), Joe “Slade” Johnson (Talbot), Edwina Turner (Stewart), TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin, Velma Bright (Muscogee), James “Jim” Trott (Harris), and President Lorette M. Hoover. Not pictured: Chair David Fox (Muscogee), The Honorable Ben Richardson (Muscogee) and John Pritchett (Quitman).
In order to earn the perfect recognition, a Local Board must have at least seven and not more than 15 members representing the college’s service area. Columbus Technical College has six counties in its service area: Muscogee, Harris, Talbot, Chattahoochee, Stewart, and Quitman.
In addition, board members are required to attend an orientation plus workshops provided by the Technical College Directors’ Association (TCDA) on governance of technical colleges, building relationships with elected officials, community advocacy, understanding the legislative budgeting process, and financial management of technical colleges.
Columbus Technical College President Lorette M. Hoover says her Local Board is second-to-none.
“The commitment by every one of our local board members is simply amazing,” Hoover said. “They are the perfect advisory committee and the ideal sounding board for our institution. They have true buy-in with our college and the students we serve; we appreciate them more than they know.”
The board is required to meet at least eight times a year and are kept abreast of day-to-day college operations including budgets, enrollment, marketing, accreditation, academic programs, and more.