McDon­ald to re­tire from GNTC

Last day will be March 31

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker [email protected]

Pete McDon­ald, pres­i­dent of Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege since Septem­ber 2013, re­vealed his plans to re­tire at the end of March.

“The col­lege is in great shape,” McDon­ald said.

En­roll­ment has been in­creas­ing the last sev­eral semesters and McDon­ald said it was just time for new lead­er­ship.

McDon­ald joined GNTC in 1995 as vice pres­i­dent for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and was pro­moted to the pres­i­dency upon the re­tire­ment of Craig McDaniel.

“It has been an honor for me to work with the ded­i­cated fac­ulty and staff of GNTC for the last 24 years. Ev­ery­one at GNTC is to­tally ded­i­cated to the ca­reer suc­cess and the ed­u­ca­tional suc­cess of our stu­dents,” McDon­ald said in a news re­lease from the col­lege.

“Since I be­came pres­i­dent we’ve added the Ca­toosa County cam­pus and has a new 80,000 square-foot build­ing un­der­way on the Dal­ton cam­pus. It will be the largest build­ing on any of the six GNTC cam­pus sites,” he said.

Con­tin­u­ing to grow the dual en­roll­ment pro­grams and en­cour­ag­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram are two of the high­lights of his six years as pres­i­dent.

GNTC led the en­tire Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia in dual en­roll­ment from 2014-2017 and was sec­ond in 2018.

of Ge­or­gia in dual en­roll­ment from 2014-2017 and was sec­ond in 2018.

“One area that I think we re­ally need to fo­cus on ob­vi­ously is the skilled trades,” McDon­ald said. “I think we can do a much bet­ter job of work­ing with the high school sys­tems to pro­vide those types of skilled train­ing for stu­dents be­fore they leave high school, giv­ing them some real mar­ketable skills so that when they leave high school they can earn more money to pur­sue more education, if they choose to do that, or have a pro­duc­tive life oc­cu­pa­tion.”

McDon­ald won state ap­proval in 2018 to cre­ate the col­lege’s own po­lice force to han­dle in­ci­dents and pro­mote safety causes at each of GNTC’s six cam­puses.

He and his wife Jane, will con­tinue to re­side in Rome. McDon­ald plans to con­tinue serv­ing on the Rome-Floyd County De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity if for­mally re-ap­pointed to a new three-year term next week.

“I’ve al­ready had a cou­ple of peo­ple call me about do­ing some work and I’ve said look, I’m try­ing to quit work­ing,” McDon­ald said.

Pete McDon­ald

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