GNTC President Craig McDaniel Named Head Of TCSG International Center

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Dr. Craig McDaniel
Dr. Craig McDaniel

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson announced Thursday that Dr. Craig McDaniel, the president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome, has agreed to lead the system’s International Center.

“I asked Dr. McDaniel to consider this position because he’s highly respected throughout our system for his knowledge of technical education and is well-known in the business community for his understanding of workforce development. I trust him to manage the structures, policies and procedures for the TCSG International Center.  He will help us build more global partnerships for our colleges and open doors worldwide that can benefit our system, students and state,” said Commissioner Jackson. 

Dr. McDaniel will move into his new position as the assistant commissioner for the TCSG International Center on April 1.   

"There is a great deal of global interest in the reputation of our technical colleges' being able to respond to the needs of employers," said Dr. McDaniel.  "I look forward to working with our colleges in developing international training and education programs."

Commissioner Jackson said that he will name Pete McDonald, the vice president of economic development at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, to be the acting president of the college until a new president is chosen.  Details of a selection process for the next president will be announced at a later date.

The International Center provides program development for collaborations between the TCSG colleges and higher education systems in other countries that are interested in improving their technical education and workforce development programs through the sharing of TCSG people, programs and best practices.  Recently, the TCSG entered into an $8.2 million contract with King Faisal University to help create a new community college and expand workforce training in Saudi Arabia.

The TCSG International Center will also explore other training and exchange partnerships with governments and colleges in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia and India. 

Dr. McDaniel became president of his college in 1998, when it was known as Coosa Valley Technical College.  In 2009, he guided the effort that created Georgia Northwestern Technical College from the merger of Coosa Valley Technical College and Northwestern Technical College in Rock Spring. Today, the college is one of Georgia’s largest, serving almost 10,000 students annually on its main campus in Rome and additional campuses in Rock Spring, Calhoun, Dalton and Rockmart. 

His earlier experience includes serving as the vice president of planning and development at North Metro Technical College (now Chattahoochee Technical College) in Acworth from 1997 to 1998.  Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Coosa Valley Tech where he held several leadership positions including vice president of economic development, vice president of instructional services, vice president of student services and vice president of administrative services. 

Dr. McDaniel has doctorate of education and specialist in education degrees from the University of Georgia, a master’s in education from Georgia State University, and a bachelor of science from Carson Newman College.

About the TCSG: The 25 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Enrollment at the TCSG colleges has grown at a record pace in recent years with students of all ages taking advantage of outstanding instructors, hands-on learning and state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs. 

In 2012, the TCSG colleges delivered 2.8 million credit hours of instruction to more than 170,000 students. The TCSG is online, too, serving 85,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical Connection. TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia’s HOPE grant and scholarship and the federal Pell grant, which will pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education.  

The TCSG Office of Adult Education delivered a variety of programs to 78,000 students in 2012 and almost 18,000 adult learners earned their GED credential.

The TCSG Quick Start program provided customized workforce training to almost 58,000 employees of new and expanding companies in Georgia. 

For more information about the TCSG and links to a technical college in the area, go to www.tcsg.edu

Pete McDonald
Pete McDonald

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