Albany, Georgia – The Center for Business Solutions at Albany Technical College and the Albany Tech Foundation is hosting the 2020 Master Lecture Series with special guest speaker Dr. John Culbreath, Wednesday, March 11, beginning at 12:00 p.m. in the Kirkland Conference Center on the Albany Tech campus. Community guests, students, and faculty will be able to enjoy lunch and listen to Dr. Culbreath speak on “Leadership in Defining Moments.”

Culbreath’s career in education began in the classroom as a teacher and grew to include experiences as assistant principal, principal of three different schools, and assistant superintendent. Dr. Culbreath was named superintendent of the Dougherty County School System in 1995, a job he held until 2001. His legacy as superintendent includes rebuilding three schools after the flood, enhancing technology in the schools, and raising the academic bar. Dr. Culbreath broke racial barriers in Dougherty County, becoming the county’s first African American superintendent. When he retired in 2001, he passed the baton to another trailblazer, as he was succeeded by the county’s first female superintendent, Dr. Sally Whatley.

Culbreath is a co-founder of Strive2Thrive, an initiative designed to eliminate poverty in Dougherty County. Culbreath also retired as the interim dean of the ASU College of Education.


  • Leadership Albany’s 2009 Edward A. Freeman Outstanding Alumni Award
  • Lifetime Service Award from the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Administrator of the Year for the state of Georgia
  • School and Community Leader of the Year
  • March of Dimes Man of the Year

Other speakers slated for the 2020 Master Lecture Series include:

  • Dr. Doug Patten, associate dean Southwest Campus of the Medical College of Georgia, April 1
  • Scott Steiner, president and CEO of Phoebe Putney Health System, April 15
  • Karla Heath-Sands, 30-year broadcasting veteran, April 29
  • Bo Henry, musician, community advocate, and entrepreneur, May 20

Join us to lunch and learn from these celebrated Albany leaders.  Tickets are available for each lecture or the entire series. If you need staff development or a way to motivate and reward your team, purchase a table and let your staff members attend for lunch and professional inspiration. Call 229-430-3867 or visit and search for master lecture.

Sponsors for the event include Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Fisher-Crum Foundation, Inc.,  Phoebe Health System, and WALB-TV.

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