Atlanta – TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson has appointed Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor as the next deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia.
Reed-Taylor will fill the system’s number-two position, working with the commissioner to oversee the Georgia’s 28 technical colleges as well as the state Office of Adult Education and the Quick Start workforce development program. She replaces the previous deputy commissioner, Freida Hill, who left in December to become the chancellor of Alabama’s two-year college system.
Reed-Taylor has been the TCSG assistant commissioner over the state’s adult education programs since 2006. She has a successful 40-year career working as an administrator in post-secondary education in Georgia, Minnesota, South Carolina and New York.
“Dr. Reed-Taylor’s passion for technical and adult education is surpassed only by her exceptional ability to share and instill that passion in others. Her determined leadership and management of the TCSG Office of Adult Education has increased adult education enrollment, added more GED graduates, and built strong community alliances that have increased the visibility of adult education throughout Georgia,” said Jackson. “I look forward to working with her and our college presidents as we continue to build a system that offers the very best technical education, adult education, and workforce development programs in the nation.”
Reed-Taylor successfully reorganized the state Office of Adult Education to provide greater access and make more comprehensive services available to the more than one million adults in Georgia who do not have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent. Under her leadership, annual enrollment in adult learning programs increased by 13% between 2006 and 2008, while the number of GED graduates grew by 14%. Her work included the development and implementation of the nationally-recognized Georgia Adult Learning Information System (GALIS) for the collection, management and distribution of the state’s adult education program data.
She also served as the interim president of Atlanta Technical College for the fall 2007 quarter.
Her previous experience includes positions as senior vice president of academic and student affairs, dean of educational services, and dean of students at Minneapolis (MN) Community and Technical College. Earlier in her career she the director of financial aid at the College of Charleston (SC) and, before that, an instructor and counselor at the State University of New York.
Reed-Taylor has a doctor of education in educational administration and a masters of arts in educational administration, both from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of arts from Spelman College. She also attended the Institute of the Management of Lifelong Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Her awards and involvement includes the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2010, the Minnesota Community and Technical College Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award (2006), and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Woman of the Year (2002).
About the TCSG: last year, the Technical College System of Georgia enrolled more than 156,000 students statewide in more than 600 certificate, diploma and degree programs at 28 technical colleges. The TCSG adult education programs enrolled almost 100,000 additional students and awarded almost 20,000 GED diplomas. Quick Start, the TCSG’s internationally-known workforce training program, trained tens of thousands more business and industry employees and was a vital part of the incentives that brought industry leaders like Kia and NCR to Georgia.