As the new head of the Thomson campus of Augusta Tech, Ted Duzenski feels right at home.
And he should. Mr. Duzenski, who has been named interim vice president for operations, has a long relationship with this area and with Augusta Tech. He replaces Pete Crawford who retired in September.
Ted Duzenski poses at the Thomson campus of Augusta Tech.
Mr. Duzenski, who is also serving as vice president for economic development at Augusta Tech, was the ideal candidate for the job, said Augusta Tech President Terry Elam.
"He's a man who can multi-task," Mr. Elam said, adding that Mr. Duzenski had the skills and experience necessary to handle both positions.
"He has the background both from community development and economic development, and the background in instruction having been a dean and instructor in the accounting program."
Over a 21-year military career, Mr. Duzenski learned the Thomson-Augusta area well while serving several times at Fort Gordon. He was a member of the adjunct faculty of Augusta Tech while still in the military, then joined the staff full time after his retirement in 1982. Over that time he taught business courses, specializing in accounting. He served as chair and dean of the business division.
Mr. Duzenski has big plans for the Thomson campus, which serves about 600 students seeking degrees and diplomas, and between 400 and 500 continuing education students.
"I would like to see it grow both in numbers of students and in the size of the facility. We have lots of space out here," he said.
One way to encourage growth is to add new programs, and he has some ideas in mind.
"I'd like to offer day time programs for continuing education," he said. Computers for seniors, and workplace Spanish are two possible programs to be offered during the day.
He would also like to increase involvement with the high school and offer more dual enrollment programs, he said.
Dual enrollment programs are beneficial because "Students could earn high school and college credit at the same time."
In addition, he is considering adding a residential wiring program to the campus, which offers many opportunities for employment.
Whatever the needs of the community, the college seeks to fill the role.
"Our mission is to train the work force" he said.
Popular programs have been the criminal justice program, the early childhood development program and medical programs.
"We will be looking at our medical program to see how we can expand it," he said.
Mr. Duzenski, who is familiar with the business and industry needs in Thomson, serves on the Thomson High School Advisory Committee, the Work Force Investment Board, and has a working relationship with the Georgia Department of Labor. He will be participating in Leadership McDuffie in January.
"I appreciate the opportunity to have this position and work with the community," he said.