Press Release

Bates named Atlanta Technical College 2013 Instructor of the Year

Barry Bates, chair of the bioscience technology program, has been named the 2013 Instructor of the Year for Atlanta Technical College. As Instructor of the Year, Bates receives the Atlanta Technical College Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education and will proceed to regional preliminary judging for the state Rick Perkins Award, presented by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

Judging for the State Rick Perkins Award starts at each college and then continues on to the regional and state level, where the finalists are interviewed by a panel of judges representing business, industry and higher education in Georgia. The selection criteria include teaching experience and innovative learning techniques, leadership and community involvement, and a strong commitment to the technical education mission of the TCSG.

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death. The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award program through the system’s office, the college presidents’ Academic Affairs Committee, and the state planning committee.

Bates, the 2013 Atlanta Technical College Rick Perkins winner, has been committed to helping others achieve personal and professional fulfillment since he graduated from Morehouse College in the late 80s and states that the Albert Einstein motto, "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile," is his mantra.  He is a 2012 National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award Winner and was recently selected to head-up the bioscience technology department at the college. 

Born in Albany, Georgia into a military family, Bates moved often and lived in a variety of places across the globe. As a result, he learned to recognize and nurture the unique talents of each individual.  Today, that ability helps him bring out the best in his students, allowing them to achieve at levels some thought impossible.

Bates has been married to his wife Rusherna for 13 years and they have three children. They are members of World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia where he and his wife volunteer with the children’s ministry. 

In addition to Bates, Atlanta technical College was honored to have, Damon Scott, accounting instructor; Gregory Chambers, Math instructor; David Kirsch, computer information department chair and Maurice Campbell, electrical instructor, serve as finalists in the 2013 Atlanta Technical College Instructor of the Year competition.