NGTC Board of Directors Chair Passes Gavel to New Leadership

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Clarkesville, GA – North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) Board of Directors recently inducted Gilbert Barrett of Demorest, Ga., as chairman of the board for the college. Barrett has served on the NGTC Board of Directors for two terms since 2018 and will serve as chairman for two years. 

Barrett attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and the University of Georgia (UGA). After college, he began his career as a sales representative with ADM Animal Nutrition, Inc. in the Animal Health Division. Barrett later became a division branch manager for Georgia operations prior to returning to his family’s farm in Habersham County to build poultry houses and raise beef cattle. In 2003, Barrett became president and CEO of White County Farmers Exchange (WCFE), and he continues to serve in this role today.  

As a lifelong resident of Habersham County, Barrett dedicates time to serving his community. He has served on numerous boards including Habersham County Board of Education; Habersham County Fairgrounds Commission; Northeast Georgia Cattlemen’s Association; Habersham County Chamber of Commerce; Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers; and the 9th Congressional District. Barrett and his wife, Donna, have three children: Johnathan, Allison and Will. The family attends Chattahoochee Baptist Church where Barrett serves as chairman of the deacon board.  

Members of the 2023-2024 NGTC Board of Directors include chair Gilbert Barrett of Demorest; vice chair Cliff Bradshaw of Hiawassee; Ron Barden of Rabun Gap; Julia Barnett of Blairsville; past chairman Mitchel Barrett of Cleveland; Matt Cathey of Mount Airy; Scott Cochran of Lavonia; Theresa Dillard of Mineral Bluff; Rope Roberts of Clarkesville; and Dr. Jim Wade of Toccoa.  

“North Georgia Technical College could not be successful without the support and guidance of our Board of Directors,” said NGTC President John Wilkinson. “We are grateful to Mitchel Barrett for his tremendous leadership over the past two years, and we look forward to continuing to grow and prosper under Gilbert’s chairmanship.”  

For more information regarding North Georgia Technical College programs or admission, visit northgatech.edu or call 706-754-7700.  

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Pictured (L to R): Outgoing chairman Mitchel Barrett passes the gavel to incoming chairman Gilbert Barrett.  
Pictured (L to R): Outgoing chairman Mitchel Barrett passes the gavel to incoming chairman Gilbert Barrett.  

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