Gretchen Corbin, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, will deliver the commencement address for Ogeechee Technical College's graduation, 7 p.m. Thursday at Georgia Southern University's Hanner Fieldhouse.
"Commencement is a time of excitement and celebration, and we are so happy to have Commissioner Corbin with us as we honor our students and this milestone in their lives," said OTC President Lori Durden.
Some 1,100 students are eligible to graduate, but fewer are expected to attend, according to OTC Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Ryan Foley.
As chief of the Technical College System of Georgia, Corbin oversees the state's 22 technical colleges, plus adult literacy programs and a number of economic and workforce development programs, including Georgia Quick Start, which has received top rankings nationally.
Before the Technical College System appointment, Corbin was commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, or DCA, and executive director of the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority. At DCA, she oversaw 65 programs and more than $71 million provided to Georgia communities through financing programs, housing tax credits and community development grants.
Previously she served
15 years at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, holding a variety of roles, including deputy commissioner for global commerce.
During Corbin's tenure, the Technical College System of Georgia has seen an influx of dual enrollment students. The state has introduced new options for GED high school equivalency completion and transcript acquisition and a tax credit program for employers who encourage GED completion. The Georgia BioScience Training Center and other new facilities have opened and a mobile app for college registration has debuted, according to Ogeechee Tech's news release.
Corbin is involved in professional and civic organizations, including Leadership Georgia, where she has served as president and chairman.
She is a member of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute External Advisory Board, the University of Georgia's board of visitors, and the Fanning Institute board of directors. She is also a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and has been named the last four years as one of Georgia Trend magazine's 100 most influential Georgians. Corbin is a native of Cedartown, but she, her husband David and their two daughters now reside in Rome, Georgia.