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Dr. Gail Thaxton Appointed as New President Of North Georgia Technical College


Atlanta/Clarkesville – TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson has announced his choice of Dr. Gail Thaxton to be the next president of North Georgia Technical College (NGTC).

The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia, which has oversight of the TCSG, voted to approve Jackson’s selection during their monthly meeting on March 1.

Thaxton is currently the president of Okefenokee Technical College in Waycross. She will replace NGTC President Steve Dougherty on April 1. Dougherty is retiring at the end of March.

“Dr. Thaxton has devoted her entire career to academics, and her outstanding work at Okefenokee Technical College and Albany Technical College has demonstrated her exceptionally strong commitment to improving the lives of her students through technical and adult education,” said Jackson.  “Her knowledge and experience will be an asset to the entire North Georgia Technical College community and the businesses and industries that rely on the college for a well-trained and highly-skilled workforce.”   

“My time at Okefenokee Technical College has been the most rewarding of my career,” stated Thaxton. “It has been a privilege to work with such fine faculty, staff, boards, and community leaders to accomplish remarkable goals for students and economic development. I feel more loyalty to this college than to ones I attended. Leaving Okefenokee Tech is not easy.”

“Moving forward, I am very excited to have been selected as the next president of North Georgia Technical College,” added Thaxton. “I appreciate the confidence the Commissioner and State Board have in me. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, and the community to further the excellence that is occurring at North Georgia Tech.”

Jackson also expressed his appreciation for the leadership that outgoing President Steve Dougherty provided for the college. “I want to thank President Dougherty for the steady way in which he has guided North Georgia Technical College and for his many contributions to the lives and careers of his students. I, along with his colleagues throughout the Technical College System of Georgia, wish him the very best in his upcoming retirement.”  

Jackson has appointed Dr. Glenn Deibert to serve as the interim president of Okefenokee Technical College until the college’s new president is chosen. Deibert is the former president of Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville and has most recently been the executive vice chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.

No timetable has been set for the naming of Thaxton’s permanent replacement.

Thaxton has been the president of Okefenokee Technical College since 2005. She began her career with the Technical College System of Georgia in 2000 as the executive vice president/vice president of instruction at Albany Technical College.

Before joining the staff at Albany Technical College, Dr. Thaxton was the assistant superintendent for instruction for the Grady County Board of Education between 1992 and 2000, and the curriculum director for the Terrell County Board of Education from 1986 to 1992.  She also worked for the Terrell County BOE as an assistant curriculum director, special education director and classroom teacher. 

Thaxton earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Specialist in Educational Administration from Valdosta State University.  She has a Master’s in Learning Disabilities from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Georgia Southwestern State University.

Some of her most current professional and community affiliations include chair of the Waycross-Ware County Development Authority, chair of the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce and membership on the board of directors of the Children’s Initiative of Ware County.  Thaxton is also the chair of the Academic Improvement Committee of the TCSG President’s Council and served on the TCSG President’s Steering Committee for system’s recently-completed conversion from quarters to semesters.



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