Special to the Journal
Albany Technical College formally kicked off its 50th Anniversary with a Convocation Ceremony on Friday at the Albany Civic Center. A reception followed afterward afterwards at the Albany Tech Kirkland Conference Center.
“Albany Tech’s convocation is a celebration of our 50 years of service to Southwest Georgia,” said Dr. Anthony Parker, president of Albany Tech. “For 50 years, one of the finest faculty and staff have provided relevant workforce education to many of our friends and neighbors. We are proud of our community and pleased to contribute to its economic well-being.”
The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Lt. General Willie Williams, director of the Marine Corps Staff in Washington, D.C. Williams served Albany’s Marine Corps Logistics Command as the commander from June 2005 to June 2009.
“I have come to know Lt. General Williams as a person who is genuinely concerned about the condition of others,” said Parker. “He focused a significant portion of his professional energy toward insuring that Marines who could be in harm’s way, had the best possible equipment. Albany Tech was honored to work to provide many of the artisans needed to fill that mission. He has also given substantial time and energy to the well being of his friends and acquaintances. He is one of the finest examples of a servant leader.”
The Albany Marine Corps Band will also engage the audience with several performances throughout the program. In addition, Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, also congratulated Parker and the college on its achievements.
Albany Tech continues its 50th anniversary celebration on March 3 at 10 a.m. by planting a tree for Arbor Day on the grounds of the campus near Building A, now known as Prosperity Hall, which was the original Administration Building for the college.