Dr. Alfonza "Al" Cunningham
(August 28, 2012) – Altamaha Technical College welcomes Dr. Alfonza "Al" Cunningham as its newest executive administrator Sept. 4. Cunningham is the College’s new Vice President of Academic Affairs. Cunningham is a retired Army major with more than 17 years of higher education experience. He is filling the position occupied by Dr. June McLain prior to her retirement.
Dr. Cunningham comes to Altamaha Technical College from Savannah Technical College where he served as Dean for General Studies and Learning Support the last six years. While at Savannah Technical College, he served as the Dean of the Liberty Campus and was responsible for the leadership and operations of the Student Enrichment Center, which offered student support services of tutoring, testing and career development. He also directed five department heads, 14 professors, and 50 adjunct instructors offering over 320 courses and serving more than 4,200 students on three campuses each semester.
Throughout Dr. Cunningham's education career he has fulfilled several roles in technical and community colleges, including Division Chair of Business and Technology at Arizona Western College and Division Chair and Lead Business Instructor of Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona. Dr. Cunningham served in the United States Army from January 1969 to November 1990, retiring at the rank of Major in Military Intelligence Corps.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Al Cunningham to our executive leadership at Altamaha Technical College,” said Lorette M. Hoover, Altamaha Technical College President. “Dr. Cunningham brings an impressive wealth of experience and knowledge of the technical college system, and we know he will serve our students, faculty, staff and community well.”
Dr. Cunningham is looking forward to promoting Altamaha Technical College in its service region of Appling, Camden, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh and Wayne counties.
“This is an exciting time to join with President Lorette Hoover and the Altamaha Technical College team in providing training for our industries' workforce as well as associate degree education to citizens in our seven-county service area,” said Dr. Cunningham. “The College is well positioned to lead this region in the Technical College System of Georgia's effort in reducing 'time to award' for college students while enhancing the quality of education at the certificate, diploma and associate degree levels. I have heard about the wonderful Southern hospitality of the residents of Jesup, and I am looking forward to meeting and interacting with them soon.”
Dr. Cunningham earned his Ed.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia, his Master of Business Administration degree in management from Golden Gate University (San Francisco) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in management from Saint Leo University (Florida).
With five campuses in Jesup, Hazlehurst, Camden County, Baxley and Brunswick, Altamaha Technical College offers more than 80 degree, diploma and certificate programs. To learn more about Altamaha Technical College, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-645-8284 or go online to www.altamahatech.edu .