Rick Townsend Bio

Rick TownsendRick Townsend’s career in education spans over two decades. During this time he has served as a teacher, coach, career-technology supervisor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and acting superintendent. His career includes working with all levels pre-kindergarten through twelfth, rural to suburban, and economically disadvantaged to wealthier systems around the State of Georgia. He is in his eighth year at the Golden Isles College & Career Academy.

Dr. Townsend is a graduate of Reinhardt College, the University of Georgia, and the State University of West Georgia. He completed requirements for a Doctor of Education in School Improvement from the State University of West Georgia in 2011.

Dr. Townsend is a member of many professional organizations. He was recently selected to serve on the Ford Next Generation Learning National Council. Dr. Townsend was also selected previously for the Georgia Leadership Academy’s Institute for New Leaders and the Superintendents Professional Development Program, a two-year executive level program. He has also participated in the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement, the Georgia School Superintendents Association Human Resources Institute and was inducted into the Phi Delta Kappa educational honor society.

Dr. Townsend has been active in many community and philanthropic organizations, which include Kiwanis, Lions Club, and United Way. Recently, he was selected to attend the Kiwanis International Convention in Toronto, Canada as a voting delegate and is immediate past-president for Brunswick Kiwanis Club.

He lives on St Simons Island with his wife Carolyn, and their three daughters, Haley, Emily and Molly.

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    As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Glynn County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations.

    The Glynn County School System offers career and technical education programs at Brunswick High School, the Golden Isles College & Career Academy and Glynn Academy. These programs are designed to prepare youth for a broad range of employment and further education opportunities and are offered under the guidance of certified teachers. The following programs are being offered this year: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; Construction; Arts, A/V & Technology & Film; Graphic Design & Communications; Business Management & Administration; Education & Training; Finance; Health Science; Hospitality & Tourism; Marketing; Family & Community Services; Information Technology (Digital Design, Computer Programming); Metals (Welding, Precision Machining); Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM); Transportation, Distribution & Logistics; and Collision Repair.

    All career and technical education programs follow the system’s policies of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, and disability in all programs, services, activities and employment. In addition, arrangements can be made to ensure that the lack of English language proficiency is not a barrier to admission or participation.

    For general information about these programs, contact:

    Senetra S. Haywood, Director
    Career and Technical Education
    Glynn County Schools
    Golden Isles College & Career Academy
    4404 Glynco Parkway
    Brunswick, GA 31525
    (912) 267-4100 ext. 1512
    shaywood@glynn.k12.ga.us