Members of the Chattahoochee Technical College Board of Directors and the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Board of Trustees continue to provide award-winning leadership for Chattahoochee Tech in their mission to support the college and advance the value of technical education in Georgia. Both boards were honored at the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) annual Fall Leadership Conference held recently in Savannah.
In recognition of the work of both boards, Chattahoochee Tech was awarded the Leadership and Excellence in Attendance and Dedication (LEAD) award for outstanding board member commitment and participation. For the fifth year in a row, the Board of Trustees was awarded Role Model Board certification by the Technical College Foundation Association (TCFA). Along with this award, two members of the Chattahoochee Tech Board of Directors, Tim Fernandez and Chip Poth, were recognized for receiving their individual certifications for the Technical College Directors’ Association of Georgia (TCDA), allowing for the college’s Board of Directors to be fully certified. Poth is the CEO of Universal Alloy Corporation and Fernandez is president of Yanmar America.
Another highlight of the TCSG Fall Leadership Conference was former Board of Trustees Chairman Don Barbour being named a Distinguished Service Award Honoree for his many years of outstanding work on the board. Barbour, of Marietta, serves as external affairs manager for AT&T Georgia.
In order to achieve Role Model Board Certification, all members of the Board of Trustees must be actively engaged in all aspects of the work of the board. The Chattahoochee Tech Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that partners with businesses, alumni and community leaders to make higher education an affordable reality for students.
As members of TCDA, the college’s Board of Directors work to effectively increase the real and perceived value of technical and adult education in Georgia. The process of achieving individual board member certification requires board members to participate in workshops which include a focus on community advocacy and understanding the legislative budgeting process, as well as the governance and financial management of technical colleges.