THOMASVILLE — Thomasville City Schools has named Ben Wiggins as the finalist for its superintendent position.

Wiggins is the principal at Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, just south of Athens. 

Wiggins has been the principal at OCHS for five years. The school has an enrollment of about 1,160, according to the Georgia High Schools Association. 

"Ben Wiggins has done an outstanding job as principal of Oconee County High School,” said Oconee County Schools Superintendent Jason L. Branch. “Under his leadership, the school achieved a graduation rate of 98 percent and is among the top 2 percent of high schools nationwide as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Ben has done a tremendous job building relationships and has been strongly supported by teachers, parents, students, and community members. We wish him all the best in his new position and know he will be an asset to Thomasville City Schools." 

Wiggins has a bachelor’s in sociology from Samford University and earned a master’s in social studies secondary education from the University of Montevallo. He also has a specialist degree in education leadership.

Prior to becoming principal at Oconee County High School, Wiggins was principal at Pelham High School. He also was a teacher, coach and assistant principal at Colquitt County High School from 1996-2003.

City school board members named Tina McBride as acting superintendent after the contract for interim superintendent Lance Heard expired at the end of October. 

Editor Pat Donahue can be reached at (229) 226-2400 ext. 1806.

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