AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - South Georgia Technical College President Sparky Reeves became the first sitting technical college president to have the "President Emeritus" status voted on and approved from the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia. That distinction will officially begin on October 1, 2015.
President Sparky Reeves thanked the State Board and the Commissioner for the honor and for their support. "I am extremely humbled by this recognition," said Reeves. "South Georgia Technical College has been and will always be near and dear to my heart. I thank you for the privilege of being able to serve as President of this great college and I thank each of you for what you mean to the thousands of students who are served each year by the Technical College System of Georgia. Together we are making a difference for the students and the businesses and industries in Georgia who hire our graduates."
The President Emeritus status is a lifelong appointment for individuals who retire from the position of President of a Georgia Technical College with honorable and distinguished service in the Technical College System of Georgia.
Reeves has devoted over 42 years of his career to South Georgia Tech and was selected to be President of South Georgia Tech in 2004. He served as an instructor, supervisor, and Vice President of Economic Development prior to being named President.
He led the college to obtain accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, improved facilities and led campus beautification efforts, supported the intercollegiate basketball program which advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament five times, encouraged students to advance to national prominence in the colleges' clubs and organizations and provided a complete college experience for technical college students in south Georgia.
Under his constant encouragement and guidance, South Georgia Technical College increased partnerships with business and industry including Caterpillar, Georgia Power, John Deere, Metro Power, and Kauffman Tire as well as other educational institutions and grew the South Georgia Technical College Foundation.