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Dr. Steve Pearce Is New Vice President for Academic Affairs at OTC

Dr. Steve Pearce, former Vice President for Student Affairs at Okefenokee Technical College, recently accepted the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs at OTC, according to OTC President Gail Thaxton.

“I am confident,” stated Dr. Thaxton, “that utilizing [Pearce’s] talent and expertise to enhance Academic Affairs will move the college in the right direction. Because of his experience in Student Affairs and Economic Development, he will provide critical leadership in the exciting and challenging opportunities that are ahead of us.”

Pearce is not a stranger to the leadership team at Okefenokee Tech. He was first employed at the college in 2000 as Director of Instruction, where he supervised the evening programs. Then in 2003 he became the Vice President of Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness. Dr. Steve Pearce

He holds an Ed. D in Adult and Vocational Education from Valdosta State University, a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mercer University, and a Master of Science in Social Service Administration from Georgia Southwestern College.

In addition to his formal education, Pearce has also graduated from the Technical College System of Georgia Executive Leadership Academy (2006) and is a Certified Economic Developer Trainer (CEDT.

Pearce is affiliated with a number of professional and community organizations. He has been a Kiwanis member since 1998 and currently serves as the president. He is also an active member of the Children’s Initiative and a member of the Association for Career and Technical Education, the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education, and the American Association for Community Colleges.

According to Thaxton, until this month Pearce had assumed responsibility for both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs since May 2007. He also assumed a leadership role with Economic Development in August 2007. “In this short period,” stated Thaxton, “he improved the working relationship among the divisions, strengthened our business practices, represented OTC in various settings in the community, and provided support to the instructional programs and service units. I am greatly appreciative of the tremendous service he provided in taking on these daunting challenges.”

As Vice President for Academic Affairs, Pearce will provide leadership in all standard academic matters as well as in areas such as distance education, professional development, academic policy, needs assessments, planning and policy decisions, budget management, faculty hires, strategic planning, and academic assessment and effectiveness.

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