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Janice Alberson Retires
from OTC After 16 Years

Janice Alberson saw a lot of changes in her tenure at Ogeechee Technical College.  Working under several presidents and in a number of different capacities at the College, her recent retirement marked the end of a 16 year career at Ogeechee Tech.  “When I came to Ogeechee Tech we had one building, just a handful of employees, and far less students than we now have,” stated Alberson.  A retirement reception was held to honor Alberson two weeks before her actual retirement date at the end of June.  In making comments at the reception, vice-president for Economic Development, Dr. Ben Thompson, said, “Today we celebrate the upcoming start of Janice’s ‘permanent vacation’.  Ogeechee Tech will not be the same without Janice here.  We’ll miss her charm and welcoming attitude, but we wish her the best as she moves into retirement.”  Alberson worked in the Economic Development division of the College for a number of years, and was an Economic Development Specialist in her final assignment at the College.

Dr. Dawn Cartee, president of Ogeechee Tech, recalled working with Janice during Cartee’s tenure at OTC

Janice Alberson Retires
Janice Alberson greets co-workers, family, and friends at her retirement reception recently.
in the early years. “I worked with Janice many years ago before I left Ogeechee Tech. I was happy to see that she was still here when I returned as president, because I knew that she would be a valuable resource in helping our College grow and improve,” stated Cartee.  “Janice, you have always been there when needed, and you have always been our go-to person for so many things.  We will miss you, but we know that you deserve retirement and all the great things that will bring for you,” Cartee concluded.

A number of special guests reflected on memories of working with Alberson at the College, including former vice-president, Lynda Yawn, and current Ogeechee Tech Board member, Roger Moore.  Yawn related that she and Janice worked many long hours when the two were together in Institutional Advancement, and that upon leaving Ogeechee Tech to work at the Board of Education, she tried to coax Alberson to follow her.  “She wanted to stay at Ogeechee Tech because she loves this school and it has been home to her,” stated Yawn.  Moore told everyone that his affiliation with Alberson stretches back to his years living in Cobbtown, where Alberson is a resident.  “We worked together at Hooks Mortuary in Metter for a number of years.  Janice was always composed and always knew what to say.  Her grace in dealing with difficult situations prepared her for addressing any issues that might arise here at the College,” Moore commented.  Moore also read a special letter from State Senator Jack Hill who could not attend the reception, which included these comments, “I have personally known Janice and her family for many years.  I have also had the privilege of working with her through Ogeechee Tech.  On behalf of the State of Georgia I would like to congratulate her for many years of dedicated service to the citizens of this State.  Your retirement is well deserved and you have my best wishes for the future.”

Alberson expressed her appreciation to everyone who attended the reception and recalled that there had been ups and downs for her through her years at Ogeechee Tech.  “I have loved working here, and I have a lot of great memories, but I faced some sad times while I was here, too, with losing a daughter and with David’s death.”  Alberson was referring to former vice-president, David Russell, who died while employed at the College.  “My office was just across from David’s office, and I think the reason I was there was to help watch out for him after he became ill,” stated Alberson. 

Even with recollections of some sad times, happiness and excitement over her impending retirement were the order of the day as numerous current and former co-workers took time to celebrate Alberson’s retirement.  As refreshments were enjoyed, friends and family shared their “Janice stories” with each other.  “Janice plans to sit by the pool, work on her sewing and crafts, and enjoy shopping at Hobby Lobby,” stated Thompson.  “You may even see me back here at the College from time to time,” concluded Alberson.

 

Contact: Barry Turner
Executive Director for Public Relations
Phone: (912) 688-6958
Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

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