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BROOKHAVEN, GA—The State Board Meeting of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) on March 7, 2024, provided the forum to present Commissioner Greg Dozier with the 2023 James A “Bud” Cody Community Impact Award recipients.  The award (The Cody) recognizes individuals who have impacted communities via motivation, determination, and innovation.  The award honors James A.  “Bud” Cody, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, and Secretary of the Sheriffs’ Retirement Fund for 46 years.

Governor Brian Kemp appointed Commissioner Dozier as the sixth Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).  As Commissioner, Dozier is responsible for the 22 technical colleges of TCSG, which have a team of more than 12,000 employees.

Dozier’s leadership capacities are evident by being requested to serve under Governors Perdue, Deal, and Kemp.

His career began in 1995 as an Analyst for the Legislative Budget Office before transferring to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles as Director of Accounting.  In 1999, he joined the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget as the Policy Coordinator and later as the Division Director of the General Government and Public Safety Division.

Derek Marchman presenting to Greg Dozier

In 2019, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer for the State of Georgia before being appointed Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, supervising nearly 52,000 felony offenders and a team of almost 10,500 employees.  In 2005, Dozier was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Driver Services to guide a team of approximately 900 employees.  Governor Perdue recognized Dozier’s impact by presenting him with the Governor’s Award for Customer Service in 2008, and he was named in “Georgia Trend” as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2022.

Notably, Dozier graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course at the Athens Regional Academy and received the Frank Thornton Academic Award for Excellence.  Sheriff Thornton was a close and dear friend of Bud Cody.

Commissioner Greg Dozier

Commissioner Dozier was very gracious in his acceptance of the award.  He stated to the board that one accomplishment of interest was his participation in the law enforcement academy and how it influenced him.  He concluded that it is humbling to receive an award named after Cody and to be in the same company as peers of previous award winners.

Additional recipients for 2023 include Judge Maureen Wood, Rockdale County Juvenile Court, Pastor Jim Ellison, Newnan City Church, and Pastors Ray and Barbara Muse, BOLD Ministries.

More information on each winner can be found on the site.

If you know someone who has made a sustainable impact in your community from any field, go to and click on the “Cody Award for CIA” tab.  Then, complete and submit the application to recognize their efforts.  For more information, email [email protected].

Marchman Consulting aids communities to make an impact by assisting with program data analysis, grant development, implementation, and evaluation for sustainability efforts.  An example is the award-winning alcohol risk management (ARM) initiative incorporating development of environmental scans, ordinances, certification courses such as RASS for servers/owners, and training for code enforcement. 

James A. “Bud” Cody