-- — THUMBS UP: To Dr. Ray Perren and Dr. Shawn Utley. Next week, Perren leaves as Wiregrass Georgia Technical College’s president to take a similar position in another state technical school. On Wednesday, May 1, Utley becomes Wiregrass’ interim president. He is a Valdosta State alum, having earned his graduate and post-graduate degrees from the university. He has worked in the educational field throughout South Georgia. We welcome him back to Valdosta.
THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta-Lowndes County Regional Crime Lab for its forensic drug chemists earning accreditation which will allow area law-enforcement agencies a quicker response time in processing drug evidence.
THUMBS UP: To Georgia Christian School for continuing to book interesting speakers for its annual Benefit Dinner. This week, school officials announced GCS will host legendary quarterback and popular commentator Terry Bradshaw as the keynote speaker for the Oct. 8 dinner. Past Benefit Dinner speakers have included former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and former First Lady Laura Bush.
THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra for hosting internationally renowned and prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition winner Alexander Schimpf. He will perform the daunting Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, 8 p.m. today, Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building.