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April 25, 2013

VSU grad named interim Wiregrass president

VALDOSTA — A Valdosta State University graduate has been appointed interim president for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia Ron Jackson announced Tuesday the selection of Dr. Shawn Utley.

Utley’s term as interim president begins May 1 — the same day that current Wiregrass President Dr. Ray Perren becomes president of Lanier Technical College.

Utley is Moultrie Technical College’s vice president of economic development. He has been with Moultrie Tech since 2004 when 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 principal and lastly a principal 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.

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