Cassandra Wheeler named newest Board of Directors member at GNTC

April 18, 2018

Cassandra Carter Wheeler, northwest regional director at Georgia Power, was recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest Board of Directors member by Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, at a meeting held on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

Wheeler has served in leadership positions at Southern Company subsidiaries for more than 17 years.  In her current role, Wheeler is responsible for the operations, sales, customer service, economic and community development, and external affairs activities for Georgia Power customers in the northwest Georgia region. Wheeler works out of the regional office in Rome.

Prior to becoming northwest regional director, Wheeler served as plant manager at Plant Hammond, Georgia Power, 2014-17; plant manager at Plant Gadsden, Alabama Power, 2012-14; maintenance manager at Plant Miller, Alabama Power, 2009-12; maintenance and engineering manager at Plant Yates, Georgia Power, 2009; compliance and support manager at E.C. Gaston Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2006-09; operations supervisor at E.C. Gaston Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2006-07; assistant to the vice president of Governmental Affairs, Southern Company, 2005; assistant to the executive vice president of Power Generation, Southern Company, 2003-05 and 2006; operations team leader at Miller Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2001-03; E/I maintenance team leader at Miller Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2002-03; and senior engineer at Miller Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2001-02.

Pete McDonald (right), president of GNTC, congratulates Cassandra Carter Wheeler (left), northwest regional director at Georgia Power, for becoming the newest member of GNTC’s Board of Directors.
Pete McDonald (right), president of GNTC, congratulates Cassandra Carter Wheeler (left), northwest regional director at Georgia Power, for becoming the newest member of GNTC’s Board of Directors.

She also was a design engineer for Mead Corporate Engineering from 1997 to 2001 and served as an electronics/avionics technician in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 1994.

Wheeler received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama.

Georgia Northwestern’s Board serves both in a community advisory capacity and in a limited administrative capacity, performing certain oversight responsibilities as designated by State Board policy. The local Board is comprised of 16 members from the business and industrial communities from nine counties in the service area (Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties). State Board Policy defines the role and responsibilities of the local Board. Board members are selected because of their experience, ability, and dedication to deal with issues that relate to the mission of occupational education and are without contractual, employment, or personal financial investment in the school.

Listed are members of GNTC’s Board of Directors showing (left to right) the Board member’s name, county, place of employment, and title:

  • Rhonda Beasley, Walker, Roper Corporation, manager of Human Resources
  • Robert Bradham, Whitfield, Dalton Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO       
  • Vann Brown, Whitfield, Brown Ox Ventures, Inc., president              
  • Dr. James Cantrell, Dade, Dade County Board of Education,  director of School Operations
  • James “Jay” Henry, Catoosa, Shaw Industries, director of Operations Support
  • Albert “Al” Hodge, Floyd, Rome Floyd Chamber, president and CEO
  • Paul Meredith, Chattooga, Mohawk, director of Manufacturing
  • William “Terry” Nesbitt, Gordon, U. S. Army, retired Major General
  • Robert “Bob” Owens, Floyd, OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc., chief financial officer
  • Brittany Pittman , Murray, Murray County Government, former sole commissioner      
  • Kenna Stock, Floyd, Harbin Clinic, chief executive officer
  • Michele Taylor, Gordon, Calhoun City Schools, superintendent
  • John Thomas, Whitfield, Dalton Utilities, chief energy services officer
  • Cassandra Wheeler, Floyd, Georgia Power, northwest regional director
  • Dr. Phillip Williams, Chattooga, Trion City Schools, superintendent


Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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