SAVANNAH–Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, will deliver the commencement address at Savannah Technical College’s spring graduation June 8 at 6 p.m. in the Johnny Mercer Theatre.
Reed-Taylor works with Commissioner Ron Jackson to oversee the Georgia’s 28 technical colleges as well as the state Office of Adult Education and the Quick Start workforce development program. Prior to her appointment, Reed-Taylor led the state’s Office of Adult Education, successfully reorganizing the office to greater access and make more comprehensive services available to the more than 1 million adults in Georgia who do not have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent. Under her leadership, annual enrollment in adult learning programs increased by 13 percent between 2006 and 2008, while the number of GED graduates grew by 14 percent. Her work included the development and implementation of the nationally-recognized Georgia Adult Learning Information System (GALIS) for the collection, management and distribution of the state’s adult education program data.
She also served as the interim president of Atlanta Technical College for the fall 2007 quarter. Her previous experience includes positions as senior vice president of academic and student affairs, dean of educational services, and dean of students at Minneapolis (Minn.) Community and Technical College. Earlier in her career she the director of financial aid at the College of Charleston (S.C.) and, before that, an instructor and counselor at the State University of New York.
Reed-Taylor has a doctor of education in educational administration and a masters of arts in educational administration, both from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of arts from Spelman College. She also attended the Institute of the Management of Lifelong Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Her awards and involvement includes the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2010, the Minnesota Community and Technical College Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award (2006), and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Woman of the Year (2002).