Jay Henry Of Shaw Industries Named Newest Board Of Directors Member At GNTC

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Pete McDonald (left), president of GNTC, congratulates Jay Henry (right), director of Operations Support at Shaw Industries, for becoming the newest member of GNTC’s Board of Directors.
Pete McDonald (left), president of GNTC, congratulates Jay Henry (right), director of Operations Support at Shaw Industries, for becoming the newest member of GNTC’s Board of Directors.

James K. (Jay) Henry, director of Operations Support at Shaw Industries, was sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest board of directors member by Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, at a meeting held on the Gordon County Campus.

Mr. Henry has worked with Shaw Industries for over 20 years, with the past five years serving as director of Operations Support. He leads a very diverse group of corporate-level engineering, automation, energy, waste, and manufacturing-related functions to support operations, marketing, and sustainability processes across the enterprise. He previously served as the director of Samples Operations, in various manufacturing management positions, and as a management trainee, systems engineer.

Mr. Henry is a graduate of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and lives in Ringgold with his wife Sandra and three children. He serves as a deacon and youth Sunday School teacher for his church and manages a youth traveling baseball team.

Georgia Northwestern’s board serves both in a community advisory capacity and in a limited administrative capacity, performing certain oversight responsibilities as designated by State Board policy. The local board is comprised of 16 members from the business and industrial communities from nine counties in the service area (Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties). State board policy defines the role and responsibilities of the local board. Board members are selected because of their experience, ability, and dedication to deal with issues that relate to the mission of occupational education and are without contractual, employment, or personal financial investment in the school.

Listed are members of GNTC’s Board of Directors showing the board member’s name, county, place of employment, and title:

  • Brian Anderson, Whitfield, Dalton/Whitfield Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO
  • Mary Sib Banks, Floyd, News Publishing Company, vice president of Community Relations
  • Brent Box, M.D., Gordon, Gordon Hospital, chief hospitalist
  • Vann Brown, Whitfield, ArrowStar, LLC president
  • Paul Ferguson, M.D., Floyd, retired physician, Harbin Clinic
  • Randall Fox, Gordon, Fox Systems, Inc., president and general manager
  • Penny Grigg, Walker, Nissin Brake, HR manager
  • Jay Henry, Catoosa, Shaw Industries, director, Operations Support
  • Anne Kaiser, Floyd, Georgia Power, vice-president, Northwest Region
  • Andrew Kearton, Whitfield, IVC US, Inc., vice-president, Manufacturing
  • Jimmy Lester, Polk, J.L. Lester and Son, president
  • Todd Murphy, Polk, The HON Company, vice-president, general manager
  • Brittany Pittman, Murray, Murray County, commissioner
  • Dr. Vickie Reed, Murray, Murray County School System, superintendent
  • Scott Tucker, Chattooga, United Community Bank, president
  • Dr. Phillip Williams, Chattooga, Trion City Schools, superintendent

Mr.  Murphy currently serves as chairman of GNTC’s board of directors and Mr. Anderson is the current vice-chairman of the board.


Students Across Tennessee Compete For History Day Honors

Nearly 300 students from throughout the state will begin competing this month for the opportunity to represent their schools at Tennessee History Day.  Tennessee History Day is an affiliate of National History Day, an event that was started in 1974 to help students experience history outside of the traditional classroom setting. As part of History Day, students in grades ... (click for more)

Georgia Northwestern Is Top Technical College In Georgia For Dual Enrollment Students For Third Straight Year

For the third consecutive year, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has the largest number of dual enrollment students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the “High School Collaborative Enrollment: Academic Year 2016” Report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). The report shows that  GNTC had 1,767 dual ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Principals Say Part 1 Of TN Ready Testing Should Be Cut Due To Online System Failure

Hamilton County principals are asking that Part 1 of the TN Ready Assessment be dropped this year due to the recent crash of the online system for the program. The principals also asked that any Part 1 TN Ready test results  not be applied to students’ grades or to evaluations and rankings for school personnel and school districts. The local principals also ... (click for more)

Allan Walsh Named New Bradley County Workhouse Superintendent

Sheriff Eric Watson announced the appointment of Allan Walsh as superintendent of the new Bradley County Workhouse, which will begin construction soon and be opened this year.  Plans are for the new facility, to be adjacent to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Jail and Courts complex, to hold up to 128 non-violent, low security inmates. A graduate of Bradley ... (click for more)

What Our Schools Are And Have Been Doing About Bullying

Bullying has been a widely discussed topic during the last few weeks in the wake of the incident involving the Ooltewah High basketball team.  Contrary to public opinion, Hamilton County Schools have not been passive in our efforts to address bullying now or for the past several years.  Unfortunately, bullying is a societal norm that is infiltrating our school community, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Warmth For Cold Days

I come across all sorts of warm things every day and as we burrow out of sub-freezing temperatures for a day or two, shaking off ice and snow, allow me to share a few things for a change that may take the bite out of the winter wind. This is what helps me. * * * Judy Bellenfant, who has been a soul mate ever since we shared jokes in high school classrooms, sends along this ... (click for more)