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New department, leaders for college
Lanier Tech sees changes in its marketing, IT areas
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At Lanier Technical College, the new year is bringing change.


The institution has hired a new director in its marketing and public relations department, and school officials have chosen a new direction for information technology services.


College president Russell Vandiver announced that Dave Parrish joined Lanier Technical College as the director of marketing and public relations.


Parrish brings 40 years of experience in traditional and electronic media development, entertainment, marketing and education to Lanier Technical College.


Parrish has worked in television as a producer and director, in motion pictures as a director of photography and in the graphics design industry as a creative director and art director.


Vandiver said the college is interested in using all of Parrish’s experience to increase awareness of Lanier Technical College’s mission in Banks, Barrow, Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties.


The new technology strategy will bring all Lanier Technical College campuses under a unified technology plan in one department to improve consistency and to increase efficiency, productivity, access and marketplace effectiveness for students and staff.


“Technology plays a critical role in where we need to be and where we want to go in order to support our students, our employers and our communities,” stated Vandiver.


Vandiver chose a veteran information technology leader to helm a new department.


Robbie Vickers, formerly chief information officer at Lanier Technical College, will assume the role of vice-president of technology.


Vickers has been with the college for 15 years.


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