Dr. James Cantrell, director of School Operations of the Dade County Board of Education, has been selected as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s newest member of its board of directors.
Dr. Cantrell was sworn in at the college’s October 2017 board of directors meeting in Rock Spring, Ga.
Dr. Cantrell has served in his current director role in education administration for the past five years in Trenton. Holding a master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Education Leadership and Administration and a Doctoral Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership, Dr. Cantrell has held administrative roles in Georgia education for the past two decades.
From 2001-2006, Dr. Cantrell served as both the director of College and Career Education for the Greene County Board of Education, as well as the assistant principal at Greensboro, Georgia’s Greene County High School. Then, from 2007-2010, Dr. Cantrell was the director of Pupil Transportation for the Barrow County Board of Education in Winder, Ga. Dr. Cantrell would then go on to serve as the principal of the Baldwin College & Career Academy in Milledgeville, Ga. from 2010-2012.
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.
A former member of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Board of Directors, Doris White of Walker County, Ga., was honored with an award that same evening. Ms. White, a long-time supporter of education in Northwest Georgia, received a service award for her many years of service to the college. Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDonald presented Ms. White with the honor for her service as both a member of the GNTC Foundation board of trustees, as well as a member of the GNTC Board of Directors.
One of Ms. White’s latest ventures in the name of the college’s mission helped bring in a donation from a local community foundation. The monetary gift helped the college’s nursing programs purchase a Fidelis LUCINA Simulator. The brand new equipment is a childbirth apparatus that helps student health care specialists safely practice various procedures that can occur during the last moments of pregnancy and the first moments of life.
Present for the honor of recognizing Doris White of Walker County, Georgia for her years of service to Georgia Northwestern Technical College are several fellow Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation Board of Trustee members. Pictured, from left, are GNTC Foundation Trustee Damon Raines, Walker County Schools Superintendent; GNTC Foundation Trustee Linda Case, Former Department Head at Hutcheson Medical Center; GNTC Foundation Board Treasurer Carolyn Walker, Walker County Tax Commissioner; GNTC Foundation Secretary Doris White, Walker County Supporter; GNTC Foundation Board Chair Valerie Brown, NW Georgia College & Career Academy; GNTC President Pete McDonald; GNTC Foundation Trustee Jay Still, Grainger Onsite Manager Northwest Georgia; and GNTC Foundation Trustee Sherrie Patterson, Sutter Family Practice