The CEC’s Board of Directors is the driving force behind the success of the Consortium. Each President or Superintendent commits time, resources, and staff to ensure that the CEC fulfills its mission and vision. Without the dedication of these individuals, the Consortium could not have attained the level of success it has enjoyed for nearly 30 years.
Dr. Donald Green, President
Georgia Highlands College
3175 Cedartown Highway
Rome, GA 30161
Wk. Ph. # 706-295-6328
Fax # 706-802-5811
Dr. Donald J. Green assumed the role of President of Georgia Highlands College on September 8, 2014. He was previously the vice president for Extended and International Operations, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan. Green has served as both Vice Chancellor and Vice President at Ferris State, leading a number of administrative units. While at Ferris State, Green more than doubled the number of community college-based campus locations, from 9 to 19 over a period of five years and achieved an annual enrollment growth rate average of more than eight percent per year for his division. Green also developed an outreach campaign to the Hispanic community, and enrollment of this growing population increased from 14 to 18 percent over the last four years.
Dr. Green's higher education career also includes administrative and teaching posts at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Mich. He also operated a consulting firm, D. Green and Associates.
Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., a master's degree in labor and human resource management from Ohio State University, Columbus, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich
Dr. Ron Newcomb, President
Chattahoochee Technical College
980 South Cobb Dr.
Marietta, GA 30060
Dr. Ron Newcomb began his career with the Technical College System of Georgia in 1988 at North Metro Technical College where he served as the vice president of student affairs and vice president for planning and institutional effectiveness. He was the acting president of North Metro Technical College when the three-college merger with Appalachian Technical College and Chattahoochee Technical College in 2009 created the largest college in the TCSG. After the merger, he became the college provost and executive vice president. He was appointed interim president of Chattahoochee Technical College on October 1, 2011 and became president February 1, 2012.
Ron's earlier accomplishments in the field of education include service as an assistant for education research and policy with Governors Joe Frank Harris and Roy Barnes. Under Governor Harris, he assisted with the Governor's Education Review Commission, which led to the Quality Basic Education Act. He was also part of the team that worked to establish the Georgia Department of Postsecondary Vocational Education, which evolved into the Department of Technical and Adult Education and is today the Technical College System of Georgia.
Under Governor Barnes, he assisted with the Governor's Education Reform Study Commission as well as multiple pieces of education legislation, including changes in state law that allowed the technical institutes to become technical colleges.
Ron's education credentials include three degrees from the University of Georgia, with the most recent being a doctorate from the Institute of Higher Education, which was awarded to him in August 2011. He also has bachelor's and master's degrees in political science.
Dr. Pamela Whitten, President
Kennesaw State University
585 Cobb Avenue NW, MD 0101
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Wk. Ph. # 470-578-6033
Pamela S. Whitten was named Kennesaw State University’s fifth president on June 12, 2018, by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, following a nationwide search. Whitten began her tenure on July 16, 2018, bringing with her a strong emphasis on expanding successful outcomes and meaningful learning experiences for students, boosting faculty research, and providing greater outreach services to the community.
Previously, Whitten served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Georgia (UGA), from February 2014 to June 2018. As the chief academic officer, she was responsible for overseeing instruction, research, public service and outreach, student affairs, and information technology.
During her tenure at UGA, Whitten worked with campus leadership to implement a number of enhancements and innovations to the learning environment, including reducing class sizes, enhancing advising services, and ensuring that all undergraduate students engaged in hands-on learning through internships, research, and other forms of experiential learning opportunities. Her office also identified three Signature Research Themes – improving human health, creating a more secure future, and strengthening communities – and spearheaded enhancements to grants administration and supported faculty hiring initiatives that dramatically increased UGA’s research activity. Through her leadership, the university also deepened its commitment to public service and outreach with new programs related to economic development, community revitalization, and cybersecurity.
Prior to serving as provost at UGA, Whitten was director for telemedicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center before she joined Michigan State University, where she worked her way through the faculty ranks and eventually served as dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
An internationally recognized expert in the field of telemedicine – the remote delivery of health care services and information – Whitten has conducted research with funding from multiple state and federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She has published two books and more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters.
Whitten holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University.
Mr. Chris Ragsdale, Superintendent
Cobb County Public Schools
514 Glover Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Wk. Ph. # 770-426-3452
Fax # 770-528-6600
Mr. Chris Ragsdale is superintendent for the Cobb County School District, the second largest public school system in Georgia and 24th largest in the United States. He previously served as Deputy Superintendent for Operational Support from 2011-2014 and Chief Technology Officer from 2006-2014 managing plant operations, safety, transportation, maintenance, and overseeing technology integration. Mr. Ragsdale has more than two decades of experience in school operations and information technology in the public and private sectors, including roles as Chief Information Officer for nearby Paulding County Schools and in network and database management for Bellsouth (AT&T) and IBM.
Dr. Grant Rivera, Superintendent
Marietta City Schools
250 Howard St.
Marietta, GA 30060
Dr. Grant Rivera is a career educator committed to serving every child and supporting every family. He believes great schools and communities are built on the combined talents of talented educators and an engaged community. He served as the Chief of Staff for the Cobb County School District, which has 112 schools and over 111,000 students. He was a principal for nine years at three high schools: South Cobb High School in Austell (2005-2009), Campbell High School in Smyrna (2009-2011), and Westlake High School in south Fulton County (2011-2014). Prior to being appointed principal, Grant held positions as a high school assistant principal, special education teacher, and coach in the Cobb County School District.
Grant received his bachelor’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama. He holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Alabama, with an emphasis in school law. Grant has been associated with numerous professional development activities in the area of school law, school law enforcement officer research, and special education law.
He also served as adjunct professor of educational law at the University of West Georgia. Grant has worked with school districts around the country as a consultant and practitioner for school improvement and family engagement. Grant and his wife, Jenn, have two daughters - Lauren (3) and Reese (1).