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Michelle Davis named VP for college advancement at Ogeechee Technical College
Michelle Davis
Michelle Davis

Michelle E. Davis is now Ogeechee Technical College’s vice president for college advancement, officially since July 1 upon the retirement of Barry Turner, who served in that role for the last eight of his 19 years with the college.

Davis comes to Ogeechee Tech after a total of 22 years service with Georgia Southern University, most recently as executive director in the Vice President’s Office for Enrollment Management. As the executive director, she served as a liaison for parent giving between the enrollment management office and the Georgia Southern Foundation Inc. and helped establish the Eagle Commitment Fund, which provides gap funding for students.

“I am so excited to have Michelle on board,” said Ogeechee Technical College President Lori Durden. “Her level of experience and knowledge of fundraising in support of education will be very beneficial to the OTC Foundation as it grows in its service to the students of OTC.”

The vice president for college advancement manages public relations and marketing for Ogeechee Tech, as well as the activities of the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation Inc., the fund-raising entity operated in support of the college. 

With previous experi-ence both as director of gift planning and as executive director in the Office of Student Activities  at Georgia Southern, and as tech prep coordinator at Sandersville Tech – which later became part of Oconee Fall Line Technical College – Davis brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of education and fundraising, according to Durden.

In fact, Davis worked for Georgia Southern at two different times in her career. The first was before her two years with Sandersville Tech. She then worked for the city of Sandersville another two years before returning to Georgia Southern in 2004.

She has a Master of Arts in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. 

She is on the board of directors of Forest Heights Country Club and was 2017-19 programs chair for the Rotary Club of Statesboro, where she recently took on a new assignment as Rotary information chair. She is a graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia, Leadership Bulloch and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Davis has held leadership positions as the chair of Leadership Southeast Georgia and a board member with Leadership Bulloch.

“I’m very excited to be working with Lori Durden and the Board of Trustees to further advance the work they’re doing here at Ogeechee Tech, and I consider it a privilege to work hand-in-glove with community and industry leaders to help leverage those resources in support of the students,” Davis said.

A transition

Turner, who retired June 30, began his tenure at OTC in 2000, as first clinical director with the Funeral Service Education program, which he helped launch.

He later served as executive director for public relations, then as vice president for community and college relations, before becoming vice president for college advancement. Turner, who has maintained his licensure as a funeral director, will work within that industry, in addition to personal interests and volunteer leadership roles such as vice president of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In fact, Turner and Davis worked together for about a month at Ogeechee Tech, overlapping service while she learned the vice presidential role. Turner also accompanied her to an event in Macon to meet current college advancement officials and other leaders from throughout the Technical College System of Georgia.

With her experience at Georgia Southern and some prior work with technical colleges, Davis should be an asset to Ogeechee Tech, especially in fundraising, Turner said last week.

“I think she’ll do a really good job,” he said. “She has fit right in with everybody so far, and she knows I’m just a phone call away if she has questions or needs anything as she moves further into the job.”

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