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TCSG Commissioner Will Deliver Keynote Address at Upcoming OTC Commencement July 17

Ron Jackson, Commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), will deliver keynote remarks at the Okefenokee Technical College commencement Friday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium.

Jackson, appointed commissioner to the TCSG on February 6, 2008, had been the interim commissioner since December 2006, prior to his appointment. He first came to the system in December 2004 as deputy commissioner. Commissioner Ron Jackson

Jackson was the deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) from 2002 to 2004.  Prior to that, he was OPB’s director of strategic planning, research and evaluation.  While at OPB he served three governors and worked on many projects across state government, including strategic planning for the state and its government agencies.  He was also closely involved with management of Georgia’s program and results-based budgeting, the development of the state’s new web-based financial management system and the Governor’s Legislative Tracking System, and he advised the Education Reform Study Commission.

His management talents were put on loan to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games as the executive assistant to the commander of the State Olympic Law Enforcement Command. Earlier, Ron was the director of parole with the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles from 1991 until 1994, and was that agency’s director of field operations from 1990 to 1991.

Jackson began his professional career with the Texas Department of Corrections after graduating from Sam Houston State University in 1971 with a bachelor of science in criminal justice.  From 1982 to 1990, he served as a commissioner on the Texas Parole Board. He also supervised the editing and publishing of the Texas Journal of Corrections and published several articles in professional journals and newsletters.  In 1991, he co-authored the book Current Parole Practices: United States and Canada, which was published by the American Correctional Association.

From 1984 to 1990, he served in several offices of the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI) and was the APAI president from1986 to 1988.  He has served on the Board of Governors of the American Correctional Association as well as on many of that organization’s committees.  From 1992 to 1996, Jackson was a Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, the accrediting body for state and federal correctional facilities, agencies and programs.  He also served on the National Committee on Community Corrections, a coalition of public officials, researchers and correctional professionals representing local, state and federal interests.

The ceremony will honor the winter and spring graduating classes. Everyone is invited to join Commissioner Jackson and OTC board members, trustees, faculty, and staff in recognizing the graduates for their achievement. Family and friends of the graduates are encouraged to arrive early. Okefenokee Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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