Columbus Technical College has a new leader after president announces retirement

Columbus Technical College President Lorette M. Hoover will retire effective June 30, according to a May 13 news release.

The school announced June 17 that Martha Ann Todd, the Technical College System of Georgia’s deputy commissioner of adult and technical education, has been appointed as interim president, effective July 1.

Todd has more than 40 years of experience in education and has served the state in several capacities, including as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, associate superintendent of teacher and leader effectiveness at the Georgia Department of Education, and assistant superintendent of Meriwether County Schools.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the Columbus Technical College communities, and I am looking forward to hearing from the businesses and industries in the area about how Columbus Tech can best meet the workforce needs,” Todd said in the news release.

Hoover has served as Columbus Tech’s president for six years, since July 1, 2013. She has been employed with the Technical College System of Georgia for 35 years, serving four colleges, and was president of two of them.

Hoover announced her retirement to the college through the weekly newsletter.

“Columbus Technical College is amazing because of the faculty and staff who live it, dream it, and build future plans for it,” Hoover wrote in the newsletter column. “Thank you for your support and collaboration.”

Hoover encouraged the faculty and staff to keep working hard to benefit the students, communities and employers served by Columbus Tech.

She said she calls the Columbus area home, has no immediate plans to relocate and will continue to invest in the community, according the news release.

What is now Columbus Tech opened it’s doors in December 1961 with 39 students, according to the school’s website. More than 3,100 students were enrolled as of March, 2019, based on a previous Ledger-Enquirer story.

Ledger-Enquirer staff writer Mark Rice covers education and other issues related to youth. He also writes feature stories about any compelling topic. He has been reporting in Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley for more than a quarter-century. He welcomes your local news tips and questions.