Coastal Georgia, SGHS Employees Recognized for Leadership Development

May 24, 2023
By: Tiffany King

The College of Coastal Georgia and Southeast Georgia Health System recognized 17 employees who’ve completed the Leadership Development Program. The College and SGHS partnered together to provide leadership development for supervisors at their organizations. Participants met once a month for training sessions, self-assessments and guest speakers. Topics covered foundations of leadership, ethics in the workplace, how to facilitate difficult conversations with employees, positioning your team for success, employment laws and more.

A special ceremony was held on the College of Coastal Georgia’s Brunswick campus in recognition of the employees. College President Dr. Michelle Johnston commended the graduates on their commitment to effective leadership.

“You all are great leaders with even greater potential,” Johnston said. “You’ve committed your time to this program, which is a symbol of your dedication, not only to your development but to the organizations that you serve.”

Southeast Georgia Health System President and CEO Scott Raynes talked about the importance of building relationships.

“I congratulate each of you for the time you’ve spent investing in yourself as part of this program. Our hope is that you’ll be champions of it and have the opportunity to share your experience with others,” Raynes said. “Do take away from this that relationships matter, but they don’t happen in a vacuum. They don’t occur unless you help energize the relationship and that doesn’t occur unless you’re courageous enough to start the conversation. We’re better together than we are individually.”

Attendees also heard remarks from Southeast Georgia Health System Chief Human Resources Officer Rick Grooms and College of Coastal Georgia Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Auxiliary Services Phyllis Broadwell.

Southeast Georgia Health Systems Employee Graduates:

Haley Allen

Chad Cline

Ashley Drury

Maria E. Gonzalez Hernandez

Jesse Hamilton

Shelly McKinney

Sharra Schewee-Blair

College of Coastal Georgia Employee Graduates:

Robert Bleil

Heather Farley

Kyle Fox

Tashania Gardener

Jordan Hernandez

Chastity Knowles

Diana Leal

Alex Mahon

Shannon Riggins

Hannah Watson

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Founded in 1961 in the Golden Isles region, the College of Coastal Georgia educates students to become leaders in their chosen professions and in their communities. A member of the University System of Georgia, Coastal Georgia offers associates and bachelor’s degree programs in a variety of disciplines. The school has been nationally and regionally recognized for its academic programs, its athletic teams, and its affordability.