Technical College System of Georgia Appoints Lori Durden As President Of Ogeechee Technical College
Ogeechee Technical College

ATLANTA – Commissioner Gretchen Corbin announced today that Lori Durden will be the new president of Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), after serving as acting president for the past month. The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) voted during its monthly meeting today to accept Commissioner Corbin’s recommendation of Ms. Durden to the position.
Board member Tommy David made the motion to accept Corbin’s recommendation of Ms. Durden and the full board voted unanimously to approve the appointment. Lori Durden will assume her duties as president on August 5th, 2016.
Ms. Durden previously served as Vice President for Economic Development at OTC, where her responsibilities included continuing education and industry training, adult education (GED and literacy programs), and facility rentals. She was instrumental in assisting Great Dane Trailers’ job search for employees for its new Statesboro plant, and facilitating a job fair on OTC’s campus that hosted 3,500 applicants. Active in economic development activities in Ogeechee Tech’s service delivery area of Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties, Ms. Durden supported local industrial development authorities as they worked to strengthen the economic vitality of the region.
“Ms. Durden has shown excellent leadership, both in her time as Vice President of Economic Development, and as acting president of Ogeechee Technical College,” said Commissioner Corbin. “With her background in economic development and outreach to local industry, as well as her academic partnerships and expertise developed while serving on the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents, she is the ideal choice to serve both students and the community.”
Ms. Durden received a Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University, and prior to her affiliation with Ogeechee Tech, was Director for the Small Business Development Center at Georgia Southern.
She is also active on many local and state boards. Her most recent involvements include the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Public Education in Bulloch County, the Coastal Workforce Investment Board, the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Statesboro Board of Directors. In 2013, Governor Deal appointed her to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, representing the 12th Congressional District.
“It is an honor to assume the presidency of Ogeechee Tech,” Durden said. “I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties and the entire region, and working with both faculty and students to continue the success of OTC.” Ms. Durden currently resides in Statesboro, with her husband Tim and their three children.

About Ogeechee Technical College

Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is a public institution of higher education that contributes to the economic, educational, and community development of its three‐county service area of Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties. OTC provides student‐centered, academic and technical education programs at the associate degree, diploma, and certificate levels utilizing traditional and distance education methodologies, support services, adult education, continuing education, and customized business and industry workforce training to the citizens of the communities it serves. Visit for more information.

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions.  For more information, visit


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