(Northwest Georgia) – Paul Meredith, director of manufacturing for the BCF Fiber Extrusion Group at Mohawk Industries, and Murry Weaver, vice president of Georgia Power’s Northwest Region, were recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest Board of Directors members.

They were sworn in by Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, at meetings held on the Gordon County Campus and Whitfield Murray Campus.

Meredith has worked with Mohawk Industries for the past thirteen years in many different capacities, with the past six years serving as director of manufacturing for the BCF Fiber Extrusion Group. He is responsible for the plant operations of five plants.

Pete McDonald (left), president of GNTC, swears in Paul Meredith (right), director of manufacturing for the BCF Fiber Extrusion Group at Mohawk Industries, as a new member of GNTC’s Board of Directors during  a meeting at the Whitfield Murray Campus.
Pete McDonald (left), president of GNTC, swears in Paul Meredith (right), director of manufacturing for the BCF Fiber Extrusion Group at Mohawk Industries, as a new member of GNTC’s Board of Directors during a meeting at the Whitfield Murray Campus.

Prior to Mohawk Industries, he worked as a vice president of manufacturing at the Dixie Group, vice president of operations for Image Industries, and plant engineer at Burlington Industries. He received his master’s degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

As vice president of Georgia Power’s Northwest Region, Weaver leads the company’s operations for more than 170,000 customers in a 15-county area. He joined Southern Company, Georgia Power’s parent company, in 2002 and has served as vice president of Southern Wholesale Energy and vice president of sales for Georgia Power.

Pete McDonald (left), president of GNTC, congratulates Murry Weaver (right), vice president of Georgia Power’s Northwest Region, for becoming a new member of GNTC’s Board of Directors at a meeting on the Gordon County Campus.
Pete McDonald (left), president of GNTC, congratulates Murry Weaver (right), vice president of Georgia Power’s Northwest Region, for becoming a new member of GNTC’s Board of Directors at a meeting on the Gordon County Campus.

Before joining Southern Company, Weaver worked in sales and leadership positions for Entergy Corp. and in project engineering positions with International Paper Company and Frito-Lay. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University.

Georgia Northwestern’s Board serves both in a community advisory capacity and in a limited administrative capacity, performing certain oversight responsibilities as designated by State Board policy. The local Board is comprised of 16 members from the business and industrial communities from nine counties in the service area (Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties). State Board Policy defines the role and responsibilities of the local Board. Board members are selected because of their experience, ability, and dedication to deal with issues that relate to the mission of occupational education and are without contractual, employment, or personal financial investment in the school.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.