GNTC names new president

Heidi Popham

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Matt Arthur has appointed a new president to lead Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Heidi Popham, executive vice president at GNTC, has been named president.

Popham will assume her new role effective June 16. The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia approved Arthur’s appointment of Popham on Thursday in Atlanta.

“Dr. Popham is a strong leader for Georgia Northwestern Technical College,” said Arthur. “Her years of experience in technical education certainly equip her for the job, but it’s her passion for students and her commitment to developing a workforce within the community that make her the right choice to lead Georgia Northwestern Technical College going forward.”

Popham has worked for GNTC for more than 23 years. Her career at the college began when she was hired as the executive assistant to the president. Since then, Popham gained significant leadership experience, having held positions as director of institutional effectiveness, vice president of institutional effectiveness and, in her latest role, as executive vice president.

“I am honored to be chosen as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s next president,” said Popham. “This college is a tremendous asset to the community and I intend to build on its legacy of providing northwest Georgia with a skilled workforce that meets the needs of the 21st century economy.”

Popham holds a bachelor of science degree in organizational management from Covenant College, a master of education degree from the University of Georgia and a doctor of education degree from the University of Georgia.

The previous president, Pete McDonald, announced his retirement earlier this year.

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