DATE: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Tanner named Dean of Students for Consolidated Institution
On Monday, July 2, 2012, South Georgia State College welcomed its new Dean of
Students, Dr. Greg Tanner, to campus. Dr. Tanner accepted the Dean of
Students position after spending the majority of his career in the public
school system, most recently as the principal of Coffee High School for the
last seven years.
Dr. Tanner’s new position on campus, he will oversee athletics, student life
and residence life at the new institution that will result from the
consolidation of South Georgia State College and Waycross College. Dr. Tanner
comes to SGC with a wealth of experience at all levels of higher and public
education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education
(Georgia Southern University), master’s degrees in physical education and
education leadership (Valdosta State University) and an Ed.D. in educational
leadership and supervision from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Tanner
began his career as an instructor and coach at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural
College in Tifton, where he coached the women’s softball team. Under his
leadership, ABAC won the 1995 national slowpitch championship, and Dr.
Tanner was named National Slowpitch Tournament Coach of the Year and Georgia
Region XVII Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the ABAC Hall of Fame in
After leaving ABAC to return to Coffee County, Dr. Tanner became principal
of Nicholls Elementary and Satilla Elementary before moving to Ware Shoals,
South Carolina, for three years, where he served as the principal of Ware
Shoals Primary School. He came back to Coffee County and became assistant
principal of Coffee High School in 2004. A year later, Dr. Tanner was named
principal of Coffee High.
“This is a great opportunity, and I am excited about beginning a new phase
of my career in education. South Georgia State College and Waycross College are
very important to this region, and I look forward to helping strengthen the
scope and influence of both schools through our consolidation,” states Dr.
“Athletics is vital to our institutions, and through consolidation we will
enhance all opportunities for our students, including student life
activities and athletic programs. Dr. Tanner’s career has been dedicated to
enriching the lives of young people and I am excited about his addition to
our team,” says Dr. Virginia Carson, SGC president.
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About South Georgia State College
South Georgia State College (www.sgc.edu)
was founded in 1906 and is located in Douglas, Ga. The college's environment
gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and
close collaboration with faculty. With over 20 majors and transfer
opportunities, South Georgia State College provides the finest education possible
to the citizens of its service area.