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December 18-- The chairperson of the Southeastern Technical College Foundation, Lynda Morgan, will be stepping down in January after a year of service in that role and nearly a decade on the Southeastern and Swainsboro Tech foundations.

{mosimage}Morgan was the vice chair for Swainsboro Tech's foundation when that college merged with Southeastern in 2009 and she continued to serve in that capacity in the merged foundation. Working as a stabilizing force in an uncertain time, Morgan established herself as a key figure in the transition.

“She was very instrumental in ensuring that the two separate Foundations became one, working toward a unified goal,” said Charla Nail, director of the STC Foundation. “She never once wavered in her support of our college and led our foundation through that transitional time.”

“She spent many hours working to make sure that the merger was done correctly and was fair to everyone,” said STC President Dr. Cathryn Mitchell. “She felt a lot of responsibility to do everything aboveboard so that no one would question the honesty or intent of what was accomplished through the merger.”

After serving as vice chair for several years on the new STC Foundation, Morgan was named the chair in 2012 and almost immediately had to contend with changes to HOPE funding.

Commercial truck driving (CTD) students found themselves without the HOPE dollars that had been available in the past, but within days of the change, Morgan and the foundation had secured up to $750 for each CTD student.

“The Foundation has helped close to 70 students in that program who otherwise would not have been able to afford to pursue their dreams,” said Nail.

Morgan has also attended numerous in- and out-of-state conferences and training sessions, representing the STC Foundation and technical education in southeast Georgia.

“Lynda Morgan is extremely committed to the college,” said Mitchell. “She totally understands the importance of technical education and how it changes our students' lives.”

Morgan, for her part, credits much of the progress made during her term to the people around her.

“Working with a great team of trustees and staff have made serving as chair a joy,” said Morgan. “It has truly been a pleasure and a privilege to serve with such a dedicated group of people who care so much about STC and the students.”

Taking over at chair will be Mary Ruth Ray from Tattnall County, and Morgan has all ideas that the future for STC will remain bright after she steps down.

“I see growth on both campuses,” said Morgan. “I feel the Foundation will be an important part of that growth, and the financial support of students, faculty and programs will continue to be of utmost importance to the Foundation. 

“Already, the new health sciences building in Swainsboro—and hopefully a new building in Vidalia—will enable us to expand existing programs and start new programs. It is great to be a part of this journey.”