2007-02-14 / School & Sports

Joan Simpson Leads Bainbridge College at its Early County Site

Named Interim Director Simpson Leads Bainbridge

Joan Simpson Joan Simpson Accounting instructor Joan Simpson, who has taught full-time since 2001 at what is now the Bainbridge College Early County Site (BCEC) in Blakely, has succeeded Acting Director Dr. Bob Coker to head BCEC.

BC President Dr. Tom Wilkerson appointed Mrs. Simpson as interim director in December at which time she worked with Dr. Coker on the leadership transition until he retired in January. Under their leadership BCEC experienced a large increase in enrollment from a record 427 in fall semester to more than 600 for spring semester.

Mrs. Simpson will serve as interim until a permanent director takes over. "We hope to have a permanent director in place by July 1, 2007," Dr. Wilkerson said. He noted that Dr. Coker came out of retirement in July to be acting director. "He has served with dedication and distinction in that role. Under his leadership we have made an excellent beginning in Blakely. Dr. Coker now wishes to return to his wellearned retirement."

A BC alumna with an associate degree in business, Mrs. Simpson was an adjunct instructor five years before teaching full-time at what was then Albany Technical College (now BCEC). She held a variety of management positions in business, serving as chief financial officer at Miller County Hospital and in agriculture related businesses in Early and Miller counties.

She holds a bachelor of business administration degree in management from Valdosta State University and a master's of business administration with a concentration in accounting from Troy State University - Dothan. She has completed coursework for a doctorate from Touro University International in Cypress, CA.

A graduate of Leadership Early County 2003, she was named 2004 Rich Perkins Teacher of the Year for Albany Tech and is a Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor.

The Colquitt native is married to Don Simpson, owner of Simpson Trucking. She has one son, Chris Johnson who is married to Trish, and a grandson, Tyler, a fifth grader at Southwest Georgia Academy.

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