Michele Shirley Is the New Leader of North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville

The Technical College System of Georgia has announced the appointment of Michele Shirley as interim president of North Georgia Technical College in Clarksville. The appointment is effective immediately, following the death of President Mark Ivester due to the COVID-19 virus.

North Georgia Technical College enrolls about 2,700 students, according to the latest statistics provided to the U.S. Department of Education. Women make up 61 percent of the student body.

“This is truly an honor to help lead North Georgia Technical College and continue fulfilling the college goals and visions that Dr. Ivester had set forth,” said Dr. Shirley. “We have a wonderful, supportive college community and we are all thankful for the outpouring of love shown for Dr. Ivester and his family.”

Dr. Shirley has served as vice president of administrative services since February and previously was the director of administrative services for the college. She has been on the staff at the college for the past 14 years.

Dr. Shirley is a graduate of Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, where she majored in business administration. She earned an MBA from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, and a doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia.

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