Valdosta Daily Times

June 14, 2013

New Wiregrass president has big plans for success

Kristin Finney
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Dr. Tina Anderson was appointed as the new Wiregrass Georgia Technical College President on June 6. She was chosen and appointed by Commissioner Ron Jackson after a unanimous vote by the state board during its monthly meeting at the TCSG headquarters.

Anderson, who is currently the Moultrie Technical College president, will move into her new position at Wiregrass on July 1. She replaces Dr. Ray Perren, who left the college in May to become president of Lanier Technical College.

Wiregrass has seen many changes in the last several years, and has grown in ways many would have never expected. Anderson plans continuing that growth and looks forward to being a part of Wiregrass’ future.

“There is a terrific faculty and staff at Wiregrass and we want to capitalize on the leadership and experience that exists here,” Anderson said. “We want to be more involved in the local high school than ever before with dual-enrollment programs. We want to be more involved with local businesses and industry. We have so many experts in so many fields, we want to provide continuing education and training for businesses and industries and do so in a way that is cost effective for the business.”

Anderson will likely use the experience of overseeing Moultrie Tech’s growth to help her achieve these goals at Wiregrass. Though she could brag about these accomplishments, Anderson said, “It is important for a leader to realize it is all because of a good team. I hope I have been a great leader here (at Moultrie). Since I’ve been here, we have added lots of programs, built buildings, have incredible morale. We are more involved in the local community than ever before and there is no way that I would ever say that Tina Anderson did that. The team at Moultrie did that and I have been honored to be part of that.”

Anderson hopes when the people of Wiregrass’ coverage area think of technical education, they think of Wiregrass as number one.

“Please think of us as your technical college,” she said. “We want you to think of this as a place for excellent training and excellent associate degrees. A place where students are welcomed and helped to be successful. I think that Wiregrass already has this and I just want to be a part of that and help it move forward. We are looking at what is the next phase for Wiregrass.”

Through everything that may come, Anderson knows that her top responsibility is to the students.

“Everything that I and every person at the college does is focused on student success. Successful students are the reason colleges are successful. I always said at Moultrie, and this is true of any college, we are in the business of changing lives. And we do that through technical education. If we keep focused on that then it is easy for students to feel welcome, be successful, graduate and do what they want to do with their life.”

Anderson added, “I am excited and honored to be a part of the communities that Wiregrass serves. They have always have been wonderful communities and I am anxious to get to know everyone and be a part of it.”

Anderson has served as Moultrie Technical College president since 2003, though she has been working in the Georgia college system since 1991.  Before she was the Moultrie president, Anderson was vice president of academics from 2001 to 2003. She was Middle Georgia Technical College vice president of student affairs from 2000 to 2001. She served as director of the career resource center at Middle Georgia College from 1995 to 2000, an associate director of admissions at Georgia Southwestern State University from 1992 to 1995, and an instructor at South Georgia Technical College from 1991 to 1992.

She has a doctorate in education leadership from Georgia Southern University and a master’s of science and bachelor’s of business administration from Georgia Southwestern State University.