The newest member of the Stephens County Board of Education says he is ready to get started.
Steve Tilley spoke with AM 630 WNEG Monday.
The Board of Education voted last week to appoint Tilley to serve the remainder of the term held originally by Jerry Steele, representing District 1, Post 2 on the school board.
Steele resigned his seat effective at the end of last month.
Tilley said he is excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Education.
“I was seriously excited when I got the phone call,” said Tilley. “I really did not know how to respond because I did not expect to get the phone call. I look forward to working with other board members. I am anxious to get in there and start.”
Tilley said he is set to be sworn in to office on Thursday.
At that point, he said he wants to get involved and learn more about what is going on.
“There will be a lot to learn, a lot of things that I want to try and figure out before I make any recommendations or any suggestions about things,” said Tilley. “There will be a learning curve there for a while, but I hope I can be a good asset to the board so that we can do the right things for the students, the faculty, and the staff.”
A native of Toccoa, Tilley is retired from what was Gainesville State College and is now the University of North Georgia, where he worked for 29 years as a teacher and administrator, retiring as Vice-President.
Tilley also currently serves on the North Georgia Technical College Board of Trustees, the Selective Service Board, the Camp Toccoa at Currahee board, and the Stephens County Historical Society board.
He has also worked as plant manager in manufacturing, previously served on the board for the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce, and is an army veteran.
Tilley said people encouraged him to pursue the vacant seat and he appreciates their support and the support of the Board of Education in selecting him.
“I thank the Board members,” said Tilley. “I appreciate all the well wishes and congratulations from people in the area. I promise I will do the best I can.”
Tilley’s term on the Board of Education runs through December 2014.