SAVANNAH — Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, will deliver the commencement address at Savannah Technical College’s spring graduation. Commencement exercises are scheduled for April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnny Mercer Theatre of the Savannah Civic Center to a potentially record number of graduates and their families.
According to Regina Thomas-Williams, the college registrar, more than 800 graduation applications have been processed since the college’s October 2007 commencement.
Jackson was officially appointed commissioner by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia in February 2008 after serving for fifteen months as interim commissioner and two years as deputy commissioner.
He has a long and distinguished career in government in Georgia including service with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles; and in Texas with the Parole Board and the Department of Corrections.
He began his career in his native Texas, after graduating from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
His professional experience also includes service as president of the Association of Paroling Authorities International and as a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, the accrediting body for state and federal correctional facilities, agencies and programs. Jackson also served on the National Committee on Community Corrections.
The Technical College System of Georgia, formerly known at the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, provides technical and adult education and training focused on students and on businesses and industries in Georgia. It includes 33 technical colleges, statewide adult education service delivery and Georgia Quick Start.