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Andy Brannen Is Named OTC Vice President for Economic Development

Andrew ‘Andy’ Brannen has accepted the position of Vice President for Economic Development at Okefenokee Technical College, according to OTC President Gail Thaxton.

Brannen has been on staff at OTC since 2001, most recently holding the position of Dean of Business and Industry Services. Prior to employment at OTC, he served as Human Resources Manager for GATX Rail for seven years and Director of Counseling at Baxley Wilderness Institute for three years. He was also a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army as an Explosive Ordinance Technician.Andy Brannen

In his role as Dean of Business and Industry Services, Brannen developed and implemented delivery of numerous credit training programs and supervised and helped market business and industry training for a six-county area. He is certified in Georgia Work Ready and Blackboard Online Course Development. He is a Certified Economic Developer Trainer (CEDT) and has completed the OSHA 501 and 511 Trainer Courses.

Brannen holds a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Southern University.

“As a college dean, he has more than demonstrated his abilities to lead and to assist,” stated Thaxton. “Andy is known as a ‘go-to’ person and someone willing to do whatever it takes to bring a project to a successful conclusion. He always demonstrates a commitment to the college and has earned the respect of his colleagues and of the community. I look forward to an even stronger Economic Development division under his direction and leadership.”

In his new position as Vice President for Economic Development (VPED), Brannen will plan, administer, and evaluate economic development programs and services to include contract training, continuing education, customized training, prison programs, and Quick Start programs.  He will also assess community needs and link those needs to college programs and services.

Brannen and his wife, Tammy, and their children live in Bacon County.

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