John Pharr and Bonnie Davis Recognized for Distinguished Service to OTC
John Pharr of Ware County and Dr. Bonnie Davis of Charlton County were recently recognized for distinguished service to Okefenokee Technical College (OTC). During the June Board of Directors’ meeting, Dr. Glenn Deibert, OTC interim president, thanked both board members for their service to the college. Both Davis and Pharr joined the OTC Board in July 2003 and served 3 three-year terms, the maximum number of consecutive terms allowed, according to Board Bylaws.
Following remarks by OTC staff, Dr. Deibert presented Pharr and Davis with distinguished service awards from the Technical College System of Georgia and TCSG Commissioner, Ron Jackson. They also received a beautiful rosewood piano-finish Airflyte clock from OTC faculty and staff. Dr. Deibert thanked both board members individually for their investment over the years of time and gifts in support of technical education.
Cindy Tanner, with the OTC public relations and advancement offices, shared with those present some of the many ways Dr. Davis and Mr. Pharr supported OTC over the years.
Tanner stated that Dr. Davis worked diligently with Andy Brannen and the OTC Economic Development staff to provide educational programs and services to the citizens of Charlton County and to those incarcerated at D. Ray James Prison; that she, along with her husband, Marion Davis, contributed to higher education through numerous gifts to the OTC Foundation and Foundation fundraisers; that she was, and continues to be, an enthusiastic advocate for the college, encouraging others to enroll at OTC; and that she completed workshops and activities offered by the Technical College Directors’ Association in order to be a certified local board member.
Dr. Davis, Programs Manager for The Geo Group, commented on the ways the college has improved over the years and how much she enjoyed working with the leadership team and college presidents. She extended best wishes to OTC and promised to continue her support.
Similarly, Mr. Pharr worked to promote and advance the college. As the Director of Service Excellence and Physician Recruitment at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, Pharr advocated diligently for OTC’s allied health students and programs. He advised college leadership staff on areas pertaining to healthcare, sometimes serving as a liaison between the hospital and college. Like Bonnie, he too attended numerous college functions and foundation fundraisers, including commencements and the Gritz & Glitz Gala.
Pharr represented the Board at the 2011 TCSG Leadership Conference, attending workshops and training seminars then and in previous years that enabled the OTC Board to be recognized as certified, knowledgeable about the operations of the Technical College System of Georgia.
Pharr’s wife, Carol, has also been involved with OTC, as a student in the environmental horticulture program. Both John and Carol have been and will continue to be special friends to OTC, noted Tanner.
Dr. Bonnie Davis Recognized for Distinguished Service to OTC
Dr. Bonnie Davis (right) of Charlton County was recently recognized for distinguished service to Okefenokee Technical College (OTC). During the June board meeting, Dr. Glenn Deibert (left), OTC interim president, thanked Dr. Davis for her exceptional service to the college. Dr. Davis served on the Board of Directors for three consecutive terms, from July 2003 until June 2012, nine years, the maximum number allowed according to Board Bylaws.
John Pharr Recognized for Distinguished Service to OTC
John Pharr of Ware County was recently recognized for distinguished service to Okefenokee Technical College (OTC).Dr. Glenn Deibert (left), OTC interim president, thanked Mr. Pharr for his outstanding service to the college and presented him with a certificate of appreciation. Pharr served as Chairman of the Board for the 2011-2012 academic year and as a Board Director for nine years, from July 2003 until June 2012, the maximum number of years allowed according to Board Bylaws.