Savannah Tech earns statewide recognition at 2022 TCSG Leadership Conference

Savannah Technical College and its Foundation received two awards when the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) gathered for its annual leadership conference in Savannah, October 24-26, 2022.

STC Foundation Board of Trustees earns Role Model Board designation

Savannah Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees earned the designation of Technical College Foundation Association (TCFA) 2022 Role Model Foundation Board Certification for the seventh consecutive year at TCSG’s Fall Leadership Conference.

The TCFA Role Model Foundation Board Certification is an annual certification process sponsored by the TCFA of Georgia, a membership organization that represents the 22 Technical College System of Georgia foundations and more than 600 trustees statewide.

The TCFA Delegate Council presents this award to encourage and recognize foundation boards that engage in outstanding business practices and demonstrate the highest level of commitment. In order to obtain the certification, not only does the board as a whole have to meet certain requirements, but each individual board member must meet specific requirements.

To be eligible to receive the certification a foundation must engage in best practices in nonprofit governance, board management, and operations; have policies in place to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, especially in financial matters; be led by a Board of Trustees whose members are actively engaged in the foundation’s development activities; and support the professional development and state-level participation of their Trustees, Executive Director and college advancement personnel.

All trustees must demonstrate active engagement in the work of the board through regular attendance at board and committee meetings and college and foundation events, participation in leadership activities and personal professional development, and fundraising on behalf of the board.

The STC Foundation Board of Trustees 2021-22 membership includes: Gary Sanchez, Chair; Kay Ford, Vice Chair; Sam McCachern, Past Chair; Stewart Bromley, Treasurer; Robyn Iannone, At-Large; Dr. Bertice Berry; David Burkoff; Scott Center; Lisa Colbert; Patrick Connell; Jesse Dillon; Dr. Franklin Goldwire; Nina Gompels; Kevin Jackson; Mary Morrison; Nick Puhala; Alfonso Ribot; Cecilia Russo Turner; Michael Traynor, Dr. Fran Witt.

Founded in 1984, the Savannah Technical College Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that exists to raise and disburse funds to support the College’s efforts to enhance learning, workforce training and economic development in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties.


Local Board earns TCDA of Georgia, Inc. board certification for all members

Savannah Technical College’s Board of Directors earned 100% board certification for all members for the fifth consecutive year in academic year 2022. All local board members become members of the Technical College Directors’ Association (TCDA of Georgia, Inc.) when they join their respective local board. TCDA provides the training necessary to become a certified board member. To achieve the status of “certified board member,” board members are required to attend a series of professional development classes consisting of: new board orientation/governance; building relationships with elected officials; community advocacy; understanding the legislative budgeting process and financial management of technical colleges and an elective workshop.

In order to become TCDA Certified, a local board member must complete the four required workshops, one elective workshop plus two required and eight selected activities. Selective activities include attending 80% of local board meetings, going on a tour of the technical college, attending a TCSG State Board meeting or TCSG Leadership Conference, etc.

The STC Local Board of Directors 2022-23 membership includes Donald Lovette, Chairman (Liberty); Brandt Herndon, Vice-Chairman (Effingham); Dr. Kathleen Benton (Chatham); Col (R) Pete Hoffman (Chatham); Todd Hoffman (Effingham); Audrey King (Chatham); and Tom Ratcliffe (Liberty).

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College Foundation celebrated 23 community stars on Friday, October 28, 2022, when more than 200 people gathered for its Tribute to Community STARs event. The 16th annual event has recognized 300+ people for their service and dedication in the community or at work.

Executive Chef and Co-Founder of Grey Spaces Mashama Bailey presented the keynote. The low-country brunch was prepared and served by Savannah Culinary Institute students.

Honored were:

  • Sue Adler, Executive Director, Historic Savannah Foundation, sponsored by The Pinyan Company;
  • Dan Carter, Director of Product Safety and Compliance, Great Dane sponsored by HunterMaclean;
  • Miller Castillo, 2022 Savannah Tech GOAL Student of the Year, sponsored by Savannah Technical College;
  • John Davis, Honored Posthumously, sponsored by John Davis Florist;
  • Gail Eubanks, Executive Director, Institutional Advancement & Communications, Savannah Technical College, sponsored by Thomas & Hutton;
  • Katie Fitzhugh, Director of Reconstruction, Re:Purpose Savannah, sponsored by Architecture 101;
  • Ralph Forbes, VP/Regional Director, Thomas & Hutton, sponsored by Development Authority of Bryan County and Bryan County/Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce;
  • Yancy Ford, Superintendent, Effingham County School District, sponsored by Effingham County Industrial Development Authority;
  • Hermina Glass-Hill, Field Representative, Georgia, Oceana, sponsored by Bertice Berry Productions;
  • Ben Goldberg, Founder and President, JIT Warehousing and Logistics, sponsored by Sterling Seacrest Pritchard & Savannah Wealth Group;
  • Cassandra Green, Sr. Director of Patient and Family Services, Hospice Savannah, Inc., sponsored by Hospice Savannah, Inc.;
  • Kathy Grove, Director of Catering, Leopold’s Ice Cream, sponsored by Leopold’s Ice Cream;
  • Jeff Hewitt, Executive VP, Visit Savannah, sponsored by Visit Savannah;
  • Paul Hinchey, President/CEO, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, sponsored by Savannah Economic Development Authority;
  • Pete Hoffman, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, United States Army, sponsored by Dr. Bill Cathcart and Dr. Julie Olsen;
  • Justine James, Deconstruction Specialist, Re:Purpose Savannah, sponsored by Shamrock+;
  • Michael Kaigler, Interim County Manager, Chatham County, sponsored by BankSouth;
  • Bill Kelso, VP for Mission Advancement, Goodwill of Southeast Georgia, sponsored by Ad Specialty;
  • David “Fish” Mihuta, Sales Representative and Continuous Improvement Coordinator, Freightliner of Savannah, sponsored by Dorsey Tire Company;
  • Brandon Robinson, 2022 Savannah Tech Instructor of the Year, sponsored by Ken & Jackie Sirlin;
  • Michael Solomon, Vice President/Retail Market Leader, Synovus Bank, sponsored by Cecilia Russo Marketing;
  • Michael White, Rector, Christ Church Savannah, sponsored by Bertice Berry Productions.

The annual event is hosted by the STC Foundation Community Council, a group of young professionals charged with expanding the local knowledge and profile of the College and its mission. The group also raises funds to support the college, its programs and students. Proceeds from the event benefit the Savannah Technical College Foundation.

Founded in 1984, the Savannah Technical College Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that exists to raise and disburse funds to support the College’s efforts to enhance learning, workforce training and economic development in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties.

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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 (