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WGTC appoints new members

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Bill Stone, left, and Kevin Thieneman, new members to the West Georgia Technical College board of directors, are sworn in by Carroll County Magistrate Judge William Brewer at the board’s January meeting.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/02/web1_Installation.jpgBill Stone, left, and Kevin Thieneman, new members to the West Georgia Technical College board of directors, are sworn in by Carroll County Magistrate Judge William Brewer at the board’s January meeting.

Submitted | West Georgia Technical College

CARROLLTON — Two new members were sworn into service on the West Georgia Technical College board of directors at its January meeting by Carroll County Magistrate Judge William Brewer.

Joining the 11-member board are Bill Stone, president and CFO of Systems & Methods, Inc., and Kevin Thieneman, president of Caterpillar Forest Products in LaGrange.

“We are honored to have these highly respected leaders in our region join the board,” President Steve G. Daniel said. “We look forward to their service in leading our college.”

Thieneman has held a variety of leadership posts in 23 years with Caterpillar, including product development, sales and marketing positions. He was based in Asia for 11 years, including assignments in Singapore, Beijing and Hong Kong. He serves on the boards of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers and the Tropical Forest Foundation.

“I am honored to join the West Georgia Technical College board of directors,” Thieneman said. “The college already has an excellent reputation in our community, and I look forward to working with the rest of the board and President Daniel to continuing to build on that strong foundation.”

Thieneman holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Indiana University School of Business and a juris doctorate with honors from the Duke University School of Law. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1990. He represents Troup County on the WGTC board.

As President and CFO of Systems & Methods, Inc., Stone manages all administrative and financial aspects of the business. A family-owned and -operated corporation specializing in the development and delivery of information processing solutions for governmental agencies, SMI is based in Carrollton and works with 160 agencies across 18 states.

“I am honored to serve on the WGTC board of directors,” Stone said. “Education and specialized training beyond high school are very dear to my heart. West Georgia Tech offers all our citizens in west Georgia the ability to raise their knowledge and skill sets to further their career opportunities. We are blessed in our community to maintain an educational collaborative from primary to secondary to post-secondary levels of education. My goal is to support and encourage the continued growth of West Georgia Tech through great partnerships.”