Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

April 24, 2013

Wiregrass Tech interim president named

VALDOSTA — The Wiregrass Board of Directors, faculty, and staff welcome Dr. Shawn Utley and his family to Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Dr. Shawn Utley has been appointed by the Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia to become the Interim President of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Commissioner Ron Jackson appointed Utley as interim effective May 1, 2013. Current President Dr. Ray Perren will become the President of Lanier Technical College on May 1, 2013.

Utley is the Vice President of Economic Development for Moultrie Technical College. He has been with Moultrie Tech since 2004 where he began as Vice President of Satellite Operations. Utley’s long career in education began in 1991 when he was hired as a teacher in the Coffee County School System. He taught in Coffee County and Dougherty County before becoming an assistant principal at Turner County Elementary. He continued his career in Turner County Schools both as an assistant principle and lastly a principle for the Middle School.

Utley obtained his higher education credentials from Valdosta State University where he has also been employed as an adjunct faculty member since 2005. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education in Health and Physical Education, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership, and his Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership all from Valdosta State.

Utley, his wife Melisa, and their two children reside in Tifton where they attend the First United Methodist Church of Tifton. Utley has a long history of community involvement locally and on a state level. He has served on the Governor’s Education Advisory Board, the Governor’s Race to the Top Advisory Board, the Tift County Board of Education, the Tift County Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Board of Directors, RESA Board of Controls, the Tift County YMCA Board of Directors, and the Tift County Recreation Board of Advisors. He was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2006, and a Valdosta State University Outstanding Doctoral Candidate in 2005. He is a graduate of the Technical College System of Georgia Executive Leadership Academy, Leadership Tifton, and Leadership Georgia.

Text Only
Local News
  • Brown Johnson Solis Cardiovascular Surgeons.jpeg Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Endovascular Surgeons Join South Georgia Medical Center

    The three surgeons will operate a full-time medical practice and professional office named the SGMC CardioVascular Institute.  The medical office, which is located in Suite 230 of the Professional Building which is adjacent to SGMC, will be open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140729-Gas_Leak002.jpg Roadway closed after second gas line break

    For a second day in a row, workers from Valdosta’s Utilities Department struck a natural gas service line causing a leak that shut down a portion of Forrest Street, officials said.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • dump truck arrest photo.jpg Deputies nab stolen dump truck suspects

    The search for suspected dump truck thieves ended Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two men in the same area officials searched extensively Monday.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bears sighted on Baytree

    A pair of bear sightings along Baytree Road this week could indicate a growing black bear population in Lowndes County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Johnson family files second suit against school

    Two months after filing a civil suit against Lowndes County Schools, Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a second suit against the school system which again claims that negligence and bullying led to their son’s death.

    July 30, 2014

  • Teachers Harvest

    With students and teachers returning to the classroom in the coming days, the need for school supplies is at the top of numerous priority lists. For teachers, this often means spending their money to ensure classrooms are fully stocked.

    July 30, 2014

  • Lake Park holds millage rate hearings

    Lake Park City Council held two public hearings Tuesday to discuss raising Lake Park's millage rate from 5.052 to 6.552, an increase of 1.5.

    July 30, 2014

  • 140729_celebritywaiter004.jpg Celebrity waiters raise $14,000 for CAC

    For local leaders, wearing aprons, counting tips and taking drink orders is quite the change from their day jobs. When it's for a good cause though, these “celebrities” didn't mind stepping out of their comfort zones to help.

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

  • Jim Zachary Mug shot.jpg Zachary named The Valdosta Daily Times’ editor

    Veteran newspaper editor Jim Zachary has assumed the editor’s chair at The Valdosta Daily Times.
    During the past two decades Zachary has been one of the most decorated community newspaper journalists in Georgia and Tennessee.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-griner001.jpg Griner takes oath

     Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow commissioners, Clay Griner took the oath of office Monday morning as the Lowndes County Super District 5 commissioner.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results