The Union Recorder

December 31, 2013

Local native fills new joint position for Chamber, Development Authority

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority is thrilled to welcome a new member to its team.

Milledgeville native Hank Griffeth will fill officially begin his duties as the director of operations March 3 following his retirement from Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) March 1. He will manage day-to-day operations for the local Chamber and Development Authority.

“When the opportunity availed itself, it gave me the opportunity to do something different, so I decided to go for it. I’m very appreciative of the boards of both organizations,” he said. “I’m most looking forward to selling Milledgeville-Baldwin County to folks visiting our community and trying to get folks to do business in the community. My experience in the educational area, especially in technical education, will be advantageous for the Chamber and community in terms of working with folks to get that done.”

For the past 12 and a half years, Griffeth worked at CGTC in various roles. Since 2007, he has served as the vice president of satellite operations, where he was responsible for the operation of the college’s Milledgeville campus and its workforce development centers in Putnam, Crawford and Monroe counties. In this role he worked closely with the Chambers of Commerce and Development Authorities in those counties to provide assistance with workforce and business development as well as community advancement. 

“We’re extremely excited to have [Griffeth’s] unique combination of experience and expertise in workforce development and in operations coming on board as the director of operations, which is the first joint position with the Development Authority,” said April Bragg, CEO of the local Chamber. “He’s already been part of our team, and being able to leverage that in a greater capacity is a tremendous opportunity. We anticipate him to hit the ground running.”

Before going to work with CGTC in 2001, Griffeth worked in administrative and teaching positions at Georgia College for 14 years, with his last six years serving as director of the University Career Center and instructor of political science. He is a certified economic development trainer with the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) QuickStart program and he completed the TCSG Executive Leadership Academy in December 2007.

Griffeth has served in various volunteer roles with both the Milledgeville-Baldwin County and Eatonton-Putnam Chambers of Commerce, including chair of the board of directors in Putnam. He is a graduate of Leadership Baldwin and Leadership Putnam, and recently served on the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Alumni Board as vice chair of the Development and Finance Committee. Griffeth is also a volunteer firefighter for the Baldwin County Fire Rescue and a member of Northside Baptist Church where he sings in the chancel choir. Griffeth is married to the former Cindy Harrison and they have two grown children and one grandchild.

“I love this community; it’s where I grew up. I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to work much of my professional life here,” he said. “I’m very excited to have a new opportunity to try to give even more. I want to make this a community that will thrive so my children, and now my grandson, can stay here, work here and continue to raise their families here if they choose too.”

Griffeth said he plans to discuss the vacant position at CGTC with CGTC President Dr. Ivan Allen in order to find the most qualified individual to fulfill the job duties.

“The college will go through the normal hiring procedures, and I anticipate the person will have the same responsibilities that I do. I think [Allen] would like to have someone local to do the job, but it depends on the labor pool. I’m working on finishing up a couple of projects so those can be carried forward in the future,” Griffeth said. “I have no words to express how appreciative I am to everyone at CGTC, and for the opportunities given to me by leadership; I feel very blessed and fortunate. I look forward to continuing to work with the college to get people hired in the community and work in economic development in the community to get folks to do business here. This was a difficult decision to make, but the anticipation of starting something new is really exciting.”