Historic Preservation Selected for National Council for Preservation Education membership

#1328 | December 4, 2012

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College’s Historic Preservation Department was recently accepted into associate membership with the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE).

     “It is an honor to be voted in as a member of the NCPE,” said Stephen Hartley, instructor and founder of the College’s Historic Preservation and Restoration program. “NCPE members are some of the top schools in the nation, and the inclusion of Savannah Tech into that organization is a testament to the excellent work that the students do on a daily basis.”

     The National Council for Preservation Education has more than 50 member institutions located across the United States. These academic programs in historic preservation and allied fields have educated thousands of students, many of whom have developed professional careers as professional historic preservation leaders working for local, state, federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations and in the private sector in the US and elsewhere in the world.

     The NCPE standards evaluating associate members include the program’s mission statement, fundamental and specialized components, how coursework and studio projects are defined and the placement of graduates.

     Savannah Tech’s Historic Preservation Department welcomes three visiting artisans annually to give students the specialized training they need to enhance their coursework. Jeff and Henry Orton, a father-son traditional lime plastering team from Leicestershire, U.K. worked with students in November. Jeff has more than 40 years in the plastering business, working on a vast array of sites throughout the world. His son Henry, after pursuing his university degree, followed his father into the plastering trades and today is working for a pargetting company. Jeff and Henry taught STC students bench running and in-situ crown molding running.

     Visiting Artisan visits are managed by Hartley, who was recently selected to join the Boards of Emergent Structures and the Georgia Green Building Council. Earlier this year, he led a session at the Association for Preservation Technology International/Preservation Trades Network parallel conferences in Charleston, S.C.

      Savannah Tech has the only public hands-on preservation program in the state. The program has gained international recognition and has contributed to a number of community-based preservation projects in the surrounding communities. Historic Preservation is the cornerstone of new instructional programs in Green Building Technology, which focuses on a comprehensive view of systems and efficiencies in construction. For information about Historic Preservation events and projects, like the department’s Facebook page at


Historic Preservation Department Head:
Stephen Hartley or 912.443.5864

Media Contact:
Amy Shaffer, APR

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (