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Neil Clements Named SWGTC 2014 Rick Perkins Award Winner

Neil Clements, Business Management Instructor, has been named 2014 Instructor of the Year for Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC). As the Instructor of the Year, Clements received the SWGTC Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction and will represent the College in a competition for the state Rick Perkins Award, presented by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

SWGTC President Dr. Craig Wentworth commented, “Congratulations to Neil Clements on being named our local Rick Perkins Award winner.  Mr. Clements not only does an excellent job of teaching students in the classroom utilizing technology and innovation, but he certainly does a great job of advising, supporting, and guiding students throughout the program including supplying the students with valuable career preparation information.  I believe he will do well in the regional competition and certainly is an excellent representation of our faculty and our college.”

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction is awarded annually. This award is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

“Neil Clements is creative and resourceful in the classroom.  His classes focus on the course competencies however his presentation of the material provides an effective learning environment for the students.  Neil has taken the Business Management Program to the next level and the enrollment for the Program is proof.  I am not surprised that he is our Rick Perkins Award winner,” commented Dennis Lee, SWGTC Dean for Academic Affairs.

Instructors are nominated for the Rick Perkins Award by their peers. Those instructors with the most nominations are selected as finalists. SWGTC’s finalists were Neil Clements, Claudia Grooms, Karen Murray, and Andy Semones. In January, these finalists went before a panel of judges, comprised of community leaders, who selected Clements as the College’s winner.

“I am extremely honored to be selected as the College’s Rick Perkins Winner. I consider it a privilege to teach in technical education where I have the opportunity to instruct and challenge a group of fantastic students,” commented Clements.

Clements has worked at Southwest Georgia Technical College since July 2010. In his time at SWGTC he has not only instructed students, but has also been involved in many other college-wide activities. Currently, he is the Chair of Faculty Council, Lead Advisor for Phi Beta Lambda student club, and serves on the following committees: Academic Affairs Committee, Institutional Effectiveness Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Graduation Committee.

Additionally, he is the Vice President of the Business Management Consortium (Southern region) for the Technical College System of Georgia and serves on the Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Board of Directors at Florida State University and the Thomas University Advisory Council.

Although originally from England, Clements is certainly vested in the Thomasville community where he has lived for the last 32 years. Clements has two children, his 14-year-old daughter, Jensen, and 9-year-old son, Fisher. Fisher attends Cross Creek Elementary School, and Jensen is enrolled at the Thomasville Scholar’s Academy. In his free time he likes to do wood-working and helps manage his family business, Beef O’ Brady’s of Thomasville.

Clements will represent the College on March 10th at the regional Rick Perkins competition in Tifton.  All regional winners will compete to be TCSG’s Instructor of the Year, the State Rick Perkins Award winner. This winner will be announced at the Rick Perkins Award Ceremony on April 24th in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout the next year, this person will serve as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia and will promote the mission of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Summer Semester 2014 begins May 19th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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