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April 6, 2013

Dr. Ray Perren leaving Wiregrass

Named president at Lanier Tech

VALDOSTA — Dr. Ray Perren is leaving Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to take the position of president at Lanier Technical College in north Georgia, effective immediately.

The state board for the Technical College System of Georgia unanimously approved Comm. Ron Jackson’s choice of Perren for the position. Jackson said that he will appoint Shawn Utley, the vice president of economic development at Moultrie Technical College, to follow Perren as the interim president of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Utley will manage the day-to-day operations of the college until a new president is named.  

The TCSG will provide information in the coming weeks regarding the selection of the next president for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

Friday’s announcement was made during the board’s monthly meeting at the TCSG's Atlanta headquarters.

Perren will officially become president of Lanier Technical College on May 1, filling the job left open by the recent retirement of Russell Vandiver.

Perren was out of town on Friday attending the meeting in Atlanta and could not be reached for comment. The Times will follow up with a story next week with additional information on the changes.

According to a press release, Perren has been at the helm since June 2009, when it was still Valdosta Technical College. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College was formed in June 2010 after Perren helped to lead the merger of Valdosta Technical College and East Central Technical College in Fitzgerald. He had been East Central Tech's president from 2006 to 2008.

Perren was the TCSG assistant commissioner for technical education from 2008 to 2009.

Before working in the state technical college system, he was dean of academic affairs for DeVry University and superintendent of the Paulding County (Georgia) School System.

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