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Commissioner Jackson Appoints Dr. Ray Perren to Key Leadership Post in the Technical College System of Georgia

Atlanta – Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Commissioner Ron Jackson has announced the appointment of Dr. Ray Perren, currently the president of East Central Technical College in Fitzgerald, to the position of assistant commissioner of technical education in the TCSG’s Atlanta headquarters.

Perren has been the president of East Central Tech since February 2006.  He will assume his new position on June 1.

“I’m very pleased to announce Dr. Perren’s promotion during a time when we’re establishing major, far-reaching goals to further enhance the high standards that we set for Georgia’s technical colleges,” said Jackson. “Ray brings outstanding professional qualifications that will help move these goals forward.  His experience in education and perspective as a college president is an asset that will enhance our technical education programs and better serve our students and the communities and businesses throughout our state.”

Perren’s new job will require that he oversee all of the technical education curricula and programs for Georgia’s 33 technical colleges, along with the colleges’ student services programs and accreditation process.

Prior to coming to East Central Tech, Perren was the dean of academic affairs at DeVry University.  His responsibilities at included the management of all instructional programs and academic operations for 5,200 graduate and undergraduate students at DeVry’s two Georgia campuses and seven other DeVry centers in Atlanta and North Carolina. 

Perren’s career in education began in 1980 as a teacher in the Paulding County, Ga., school system. He rose through the Paulding system in a succession of jobs that included elementary and middle school principal, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent.  In 1996 he was appointed as the superintendent of schools by the Paulding County Board of Education and managed a $75 million annual budget for 15,000 students and 1,700 employees.

Perren graduated from the University of Georgia in 1979 with a bachelor of science in education.  He has master of education and specialist in education degrees from West Georgia College and a doctor of strategic leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.

Commissioner Jackson will announce an interim president for East Central Tech shortly before Perren leaves.  Plans for a selection process will be announced at a later date.

About the TCSG: The Technical College System of Georgia is comprised of 33 colleges in communities throughout Georgia. Almost 141,000 students attended TCSG colleges in 2007, taking advantage of a broad range of opportunities for classroom, live work and online learning in more than 600 certificate, diploma and associate degree programs that lead to in-demand careers with outstanding earning potential.  TCSG colleges feature small classes, hands-on experience and focused instructor attention.  More than 40% of TCSG students are training in one of Georgia’s strategic industries, including healthcare, aerospace, life sciences, agribusiness and logistics and transportation.  The TCSG also manages the state’s adult education/GED program and Quick Start, which is internationally recognized as the best workforce development program in the nation.


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