The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.


The nominees for 2012 include:

Ronnie Carr – Commercial Truck Driving – Walker County Campus


Ronda Cox – General Education English and Math – Walker County Campus


Darice Lewis – Computer Information Systems – Polk County Campus


Gerald McFry – Business Management – Whitfield Murray Campus


Barbara Pharr – Business Administrative Technology – Polk County Campus


Susan Stephens – Cosmetology – Polk County Campus


Sharon Vaughan – Medical Assisting – Floyd County Campus



These nominees are being honored by their peers who recognize their hard work, dedication, and efforts in helping their students become successful,” stated Beverly Padgett, coordinator for the GNTC’s Rick Perkins program.


Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death.


The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award program through the system’s office, the college presidents’ Academic Affairs Committee, and the state planning committee.


A screening committee of administrators at GNTC will review each of the nominated instructors and will then conduct personal interviews with the nominees.  After the nominees have been ranked, a winner will be chosen to represent the college as GNTC’s Rick Perkins winner for 2012 and move on to the regional competition.  Then three from each of the three regions will make up the nine semi-finalists, who will be named in April at the state Rick Perkins conference in Atlanta.  The regional finalists will then move to the state level and compete for the title of state Rick Perkins winner.


The instructor who earns the state Rick Perkins winner title is also awarded the important responsibility of traveling the state as the ambassador for the entire technical college system. 


The last state winner to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College was Beverly Padgett, a 2004 Rick Perkins winner.