The members of the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia have voted to install Joe Yarbrough of Dalton as their new chairman for the next two years. He will replace the board’s current chair, Lynn Cornett of Sandy Springs, whose term expires on Dec. 31.
The board also elected Shaw Blackmon III of Warner Robins to a second term as vice chairman.
The unanimous votes to elect Yarbrough and Blackmon were made during the board’s monthly meeting, which was held in Savannah on Nov. 6.
The State Board of the TCSG consists of 23 members who are appointed by the governor. They establish and oversee the standards, regulations and policies for the operation of the system of 24 technical colleges as well as Georgia’s adult education and GED programs.
Yarbrough, the senior vice president for advanced manufacturing engineering at Mohawk Industries, was appointed to the board as a member-at-large by Gov. Nathan Deal in December 2012. He is currently the vice chair of the External Affairs and Economic Development Committee and also serves on the board’s Adult Education Committee and ad hoc committee for Career Academies.
Yarbrough had previously served on the board of directors of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome. The college has additional campuses in Calhoun, Dalton, Rockmart and Rock Spring.
“I’m very grateful to my fellow members for the trust that they have placed in me to serve as their chairman,” Yarbrough said. “We have great leadership in the TCSG, a great board, and a great opportunity to do lots of outstanding work to support the development of Georgia’s workforce. I look forward to leading the TCSG board and doing all we can to fulfill the mission of our colleges to graduate a world class workforce and open doors of opportunity for students throughout our state.”