MOULTRIE -- Moultrie Technical College aspires to give its students the skills to respond when opportunity knocks.

Now its president is answering that same knock.

Mike Moye, president of Moultrie Tech since July 1, 1994, will become president of Lanier Technical College on May 1.

"This position just sort of presented itself," Moye said after the announcement Thursday. He said he had not been seeking to leave Moultrie, but when the job came open it was very attractive.

Located on Interstate 985 in Oakwood, Lanier Tech is northeast of Atlanta and very near Gainesville. Counting its satellite campus in Cumming, it has some 2,300 students and more than 130 faculty members, according to Carol Spires, executive director of the Lanier Technical College Foundation.

Spires said that part of the state is a high-growth area, and the student body reflects that.

Lanier Tech's president, Joe Hill, retired at the end of October, Moye said. Spires said Steve Duraney has been interim president for almost four months.

Moye's last day at MTC will be April 19, he said.

"I will miss this area of Georgia," Moye said. "I have made wonderful friends and acquaintances and have truly enjoyed serving the communities of Colquitt, Tift, Turner and Worth counties. I believe that Moultrie Technical College will continue to grow strongly due to the excellent leadership that is already in place, as well as the great faculty and staff that is located on all four campuses."

In addition to the main campus on Industrial Drive, the college has satellite campuses in Tifton, Sumner and Ashburn. It is building a new campus on Moultrie's East Bypass.

Moye listed three things from his tenure of which he is particularly proud:

The development of the school's leadership.

The dramatic increase in the number of students. When he started in the middle of 1994, the school had 504 students. In the current quarter, 1,885 are registered.

The new construction at both the Moultrie and Tifton campuses.

"When all the construction is completed," Moye said, "we will have tripled the size of our physical plant from 107,000 to 330,000 square feet."

Moye said he expects Dr. Kenneth Breeden, commissioner of the Department of Technical and Adult Education, to name an interim president for Moultrie Tech in the next week or so.

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