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August 29, 2009

MTC retirees not really gone

MOULTRIE — When Moultrie Technical College begins its Fall Quarter on Sept. 30, it will be without the full-time services of four faculty members with a combined 150 years of experience. Three of those, however, have agreed to remain at the college part-time.

Marketing management instructor John Overman, Director of Information Technology David Akridge, Registrar Gerald Dunaway and Dean of Academic Affairs Jerry Smith retired from full-time positions over the summer. Of the four, only Overman will not continue to work with the college on a part-time basis.

Moultrie Tech President Tina Anderson said all four have seen the college grow tremendously, from as few as 40 students to the almost 2,500 students enrolled now. Moultrie Tech is a great college today because of their presence and teaching abilities.

“This college was a better college because of them,” Anderson said.

Overman said he came to Moultrie Tech in 1988 to become the first marketing management instructor. He was talked into even applying for the job, as he had a tenured position as assistant professor and director of marketing education at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at the time.

Since coming to Moultrie Tech, Overman said he has been very proud of the success of the marketing management program. His students have gone on to successful careers after graduating, and the college’s Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) fraternity, which he served as advisor, won several state and national awards. He himself was recognized as national DEX advisor twice, but he said his greatest achievement was the students.

“I am most proud of the students I saw going through this program,” Overman said. “Many have started their own businesses or are working in marketing and retail throughout the Southeast.”

In addition to serving as marketing management director, Overman said he taught the first online program at Moultrie Tech in the mid-1990s. He would like to continue to teach online classes from time to time but does have plans to enjoy in his retirement. He will be leaving on a cross-country motorcycle trip this week, and he also enjoys working in the yard, teaching Sunday School at his church and cooking for his wife.

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