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Articles by the Superintendent

This week I participated in some of Dalton State College’s homecoming festivities, including a downtown parade and pep rally at Burr Park. The enthusiasm and community support reminded me of how post-high school educational opportunities have expanded over the years. My mother was the first in her family to attend college and was a member of the first graduating class at Dalton Junior College in 1969. In 1996, I graduated with an associate’s degree from the newly renamed Dalton College.

It is the new year and time for us to choose our traditional resolutions for change in the year ahead. If experience holds, by the time this article goes to print on January 6th, many of us will have already abandoned our New Year resolutions. Forbes Magazine research indicates the most common resolutions focus on improved health, fitness, and personal finances. The same research shows that only about six percent of us will successfully attain and sustain our resolved changes by this time next year. We mean well, so why are the odds of success stacked against us? 

A strong community begins with individuals who come together for the common good, placing the needs of others before themselves. Whitfield County has a wealth of actively engaged individuals and organizations that constantly work to strengthen our community and serve others.

My service in the U.S Army began on a cold January morning in 1990 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. My experience began with crowded troop transport vehicles, head shaving, pushups and screaming drill sergeants.