Southern Crescent Technical College officials recently announced the two foundations that support the technical college will merge to form a consolidated group.
The Thomaston-based Flint River Technical College Foundation and the Griffin-based Griffin Technical College Foundation will form a new Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, following the lead of their respective colleges.
Discussions between the two foundations started more than a year ago, according to Anna Taylor, Southern Crescent Tech's director of marketing and public relations.
Taylor noted that leaders from both groups said uniting was the logical step to raise money to bolster the mission of Southern Crescent Technical College. She said that joining bylaws, financials, policies, and procedures will eliminate confusion among donors and alumni and leverage the influence and resources to make Southern Crescent Tech a leader among technical colleges in the state.
Southern Crescent Tech President Randall Peters said he is grateful for the merger and the support both foundations provided.
"With the vote to merge and become the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, both foundations demonstrated outstanding vision and leadership for the future of the college," Peters said in a statement.
"All have worked together with a single guiding principle — that we are all stronger together than we are separately," he continued. "I look forward to working with the new foundation as we help students achieve their personal and professional goals in our 10-county service area."
The newly formed foundation will begin the process of creating interlocking boards. Its leadership will be a combination of the two previous foundations with Otis Blake and Jeff Stribling serving as co-chairs during this transition year.
"The vote to merge the foundations of Flint River Technical College and Griffin Technical College is an inspiring example of cooperation and leadership," said Blake. "We have agreed to unite to serve more effectively."
Stribling thanked the Griffin and Thomaston foundation board ad-hoc committees for their commitment and dedication over the 14-month merger process.
"Their efforts have led to the successful formation of a single, unified foundation," Stribling said. "The merging of these two boards sends a clear signal that the interests of our students are being placed first. Otis Blake and I look forward to serving as co-chairs of the newly-formed Southern Crescent Technical Foundation."