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Aiken Technical College Announces Finalists in Search for Fifth President

As Aiken Technical College moves toward its fifth decade of providing affordable access to education and contributing to the economic vitality of Aiken County, the College is narrowing a search for its fifth President.

“After a nationwide search, three candidates have been selected as finalists for interviews for the Presidency of Aiken Technical College”, explains Kandy Peacock, Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer with the South Carolina Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, the agency coordinating the search. “Three finalists selected from 85 applicants will be presented to the Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education for consideration.”

Peacock adds that search committee members include Carlos Garcia, chairman of the Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education; Gwen Bright, member-at-large for the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education; and Dr. Tim Hardee, President of Central Carolina Technical College.

An extensive interview process will take place Monday, May 9 through Wednesday, May 11 and will include employee meet and greet sessions with each candidate.

The final presidential candidates are: Dr. Perrin Alford of LaGrange, Georgia; Dr. Gemma Frock of Aiken, South Carolina; and Dr. Forest Mahan of Cheraw, South Carolina.

 

Dr. Perrin Alford currently serves as Provost and Chief Operating Officer for West Georgia Technical College in Carrollton, Georgia.  Alford first began his career in technical education in 1993 as a career services coordinator. Alford has also served in a number of other roles at West Georgia Technical College to include instructor, business division chair, Vice President for Student Services, and Acting President before assuming the role of Provost and Chief Operating Officer.

Alford is active in the community and served on a number of boards and committees to including: LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce board member; Troup County Tourism board member; Troup County Strategic Planning Committee; Boys and Girls Clubs of Troup County board member; LaGrange Employer Committee; SACS Review Team member; and State Enrollment Task Force member.

Alford received a Bachelor of Arts from LaGrange College, a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University, and a Doctor of Higher Education from the University of Alabama.

 

Dr. Gemma Frock currently serves as Vice President for Education and Training at Aiken Technical College and has been employed with the college since 1993 when she began her career in technical education as an adjunct instructor. Frock has also served in a number of other roles at the Aiken Technical College to include coordinator for workplace basic skills programs, basic skills programs assistant dean for leadership and employee development, interim dean for continuing education, dean for continuing education, and Vice President for Workforce and Business Development before assuming the role of Vice President for Education and Training.

Frock is active in the community and has served on a number of boards and committees including: GAIT- Greater Aiken Integrated Trails; Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce; Lower Savannah Council of Governments Workforce Transformational Task Force; Leadership Aiken County; and Rotary.

Dr. Frock received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education from the University of Pittsburgh, a Degree of Advance Graduate study from Boston University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of South Carolina.

 

Dr. Forest Mahan currently serves as Vice President for Academics and Student Services at Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw, South Carolina. Mahan began his career as a history instructor at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College where he later served as dean of arts and sciences.  He also served as Vice President for Academics at Northeastern Technical College prior to his current role as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services.

Mahan is active in the community and has served on a number of boards and committees including: SACSCOC Offsite Committee member; president of the South Carolina Technical Education Association; chair of Chief Academic Officers Peer group; member of the South Carolina Technical College System Strategic Planning Team; member of South Carolina Technical College System COMPASS Replacement Committee; representative of South Carolina Technical College System at Advisory Committee on Academic Programs (ACAP); and Rural Leadership Institute.

Dr. Mahan received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston, a Master of Arts from the University of South Carolina, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.

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