Newswise — Georgia Tech Professional Education announces the appointment of Roy Craft as its new director of program development. In this role, Craft will oversee and manage the development of new professional education programs focused on working adults and global industry needs. This includes the expansion of Georgia Tech Professional Education courses that reach more than 30,000 students from 95 countries on an annual basis.
“Craft comes to Georgia Tech Professional Education with an extensive international business background,” said Mark Weston, associate dean of learning systems for Georgia Tech Professional Education. “His experience will help us identify strategic subject areas and market niches where Georgia Tech can best leverage its brand and expertise with new learning opportunities.”
Most recently, Craft served as the executive director of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College. In this role, he developed new programs in partnership with 14 academic departments and raised nearly $3 million to support the activities of the College.
For more than a decade, Craft worked in the automotive industry where he held a number of executive leadership positions for Saab and General Motors both in the United States and in Japan. He also led the Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta a 134-year-old Atlanta based non-profit, which played a major role in Atlanta’s response to Hurricane Katrina. The organization built a coalition of service providers that helped the more than 100,000 individuals relocate from the Gulf to the Atlanta metropolitan area during a two week period in 2005. For these efforts, Craft accepted the Phoenix Service Award from the Mayor of Atlanta on behalf of the Regional Council and the Standing Together Coalition for outstanding achievements and service to the city. Additionally, Craft served as the president of GroupSpace where he consulted with a number of business executives, authors, physicians, and individuals such as Deepak Chopra and M. Scott Peck.
“The 21st century workforce will be one of continual growth, development and learning, requiring new models that help individuals and organizations to learn forward into an emerging future,” said Craft. “I am eager to work with many in the academic, private and public sectors to implement those new learning models.”
Craft graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Pre-Theology. He earned his M.P.A and conducted Ph.D. studies in technology education from West Virginia University.
About Georgia Tech Professional Education:
Georgia Tech Professional Education is an academic division of the Georgia Institute of Technology, which consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Professional Education offers professional master's programs, short courses, and certificate programs to meet the needs of working professionals and industry partners. Programs are available worldwide through a variety of face-to-face, blended learning, and online formats. In addition to professional course offerings, the division administers K-12 outreach and English as a Second Language programs, and manages meeting and event facilities. On an annual basis, Professional Education enrolls more than 30,000 students and works with 3,500 companies. It is located at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta and at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus. For more information, visit: www.gtpe.gatech.edu