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Danita Cannon Is New OTC Vice President for Student Affairs

Danita Cannon, former Dean of Instruction at Okefenokee Technical College, has accepted the position of Vice President for Student Affairs, according to OTC President Gail Thaxton.

“Ms. Cannon’s experiences in Academic Affairs have well prepared her for this position,” stated Thaxton. “She knows how the complete system of services for students directly relates to producing graduates who are prepared to go to work – the ultimate goal for us all.”Danita Cannon

As Dean of Instruction, Cannon was directly involved in SACS-COC accreditation, enrollment management, college-wide staff development planning, policy planning, budget planning, and recruitment events. Since 2005 she has provided leadership and supervision to eighteen faculty members within fifteen programs in her role as Dean of Instruction of technical and industrial, business and computer, and public/personal service programs.

Cannon first joined OTC in 2002 when she accepted a position as the Administrative/Business Office Technology instructor. She has served on numerous improvement committees, including the office technology state executive committee, where she helped prepare recommendations for statewide curriculum revisions.

Prior to her employment at OTC, Cannon taught business classes at Ware County High School and Coffee High School.

Cannon holds a specialist degree in business education, a masters in educational leadership, a masters in business education, and a bachelors in education, all from Valdosta State University. Her A.S. was earned at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and is in Secondary Education.

As Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), Cannon will develop and maintain a system of services for students at the college. She will provide leadership in all division areas, including policies and procedures; enrollment, placement, and retention; budget; and publications. The VPSA is also charged with coordinating departmental activities with other federal, state, and local agencies, as well as leading the division to insure accountability and results.

“I look forward to working with OTC’s dedicated student affairs staff to enhance student success,” stated Cannon. “It is my goal to improve the quality of each student’s educational experience by providing all students with the tools and support services they need to make their dreams become reality.”

Danita and her husband, Ray, have three children: Blake, Regan, and Haley. Her parents are Betty Milhollin and the late Dan Milhollin of Broxton.

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