Southern Crescent Technical College

SCTC Board and Foundation Claim Top Honors at Leadership Conference

TOP: TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur, SCTC President Alvetta Thomas, Barbara and Coach Vince Dooley, SCTC Board Members Merry Heath, Rebecca Hadley-Catter BOTTOM: TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur, SCTC President Alvetta Thomas, SCTC Advancement VP Barbara Jo Cook, SCTC Foundation Members Jack Smith and Jack Bowdoin

The Technical College System of Georgia recently held their 2018 Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Savannah on October 28-31 where Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) was recognized for multiple outstanding achievements over the past year.

During the conference awards presentation, the Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia (TCFA) awarded the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation the prestigious status of Role Model Foundation for FY2018 for the fourth year in a row and the Southern Crescent Technical College Board of Directors was recognized for the fifth year in a row by the Technical College Directors Association of Georgia as a member of the 100 Percent Club. SCTC representatives attending this year’s conference were Rebecca Hadley-Catter, Erin Cook, Merry Heath, Michael Powell, Carman Templeton, Jeff Stribling, and Stone Workman from the local Board of Directors and Nancy Blake, Jack Bowdoin, Janice Moore English, Jack Smith, and Evan Stitt from the SCTC Foundation.

SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas stated, “I appreciate the time and investment that our Board of Directors and our Foundation Trustees make to help Southern Crescent Technical College to build strong students, strong careers and strong communities. Their commitment and dedication are evident with the ongoing awards they are receiving each year."

The Role Model Foundation award was the fourth consecutive honor for the SCTC Foundation. In order to receive this status, the Foundation demonstrated that its members had engaged in best practices in nonprofit governance, board management, and operations; had policies in place to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, especially in financial matters; was led by a Board of Trustees whose members were actively engaged in the Foundation’s development activities; and supported the professional development and state level participation of their Trustees, Executive Director, and college advancement personnel.  The TCFA Role Model Foundation Board Certification is an annual certification process. Trustees also meet three individual criteria, which can include attending graduation, classes and events held by the College or the Foundation as well as committee meetings and professional development courses.

SCTC Foundation Vice Chair Jack Bowdoin was named to the Technical College Foundation Association (TCFA) Board for the 2018-2020 term as an at-large executive member. The TCFA mission is to increase local support for Georgia’s technical colleges by increasing the capacity of the fundraisers and foundation board members around the state. TCFA provides trainings and professional development opportunities to TCSG development personnel and monitors issues that affect all public college foundations.

The SCTC Board of Directors remained a member of the 100 Percent Club with new board members Keith Gettinger, Rebecca Hadley-Catter, Merry Heath and Stone Workman, all completing the required certification activities this year.  This board acts both as an advisory and advocacy body for Southern Crescent Technical College in regard to program decisions and priorities to meet area business needs, a check and balance for the development and implementation of College goals and objectives, and support in the community and in the state toward workforce development efforts.

Stone Workman presented a Tech Talk on The Future of Agriculture at the Leadership Conference. Workman is a consultant in economic development, hotel and downtown development, agribusiness development and governmental and community relations with an emphasis in governmental and private financing. In 2001, Workman was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Georgia State Director for the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development.  Stone's presentation focused on the future of agriculture and how the Technical College System of Georgia and it's colleges can support the future needs of agriculture through programs such as water treatment and drone technology.