THINC College & Career Academy is guided by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who is directly accountable to the Board of Directors. The CEO’s primary focus is the continuous improvement of the partnership that created the academy and of the programs included as part of the curriculum.

Gerald Wyatt, Chief Executive Officer

Gerald Wyatt is a business leader who strives for excellence in all that he does.  Over his career, Mr. Wyatt has served in Manufacturing (Exxon-Mobil, Mando America), Financial Services (Synovus) and Non-profit capacities (Habitat for Humanity, Body of Christ Worship Center).  In each of these roles, Mr. Wyatt demonstrated exemplary leadership and organizational development.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wyatt served on the Board of THINC and filled the role of Finance Chair.

Mr. Wyatt has a passion for Youth Enhancement, Economic Development and Strategic Thinking.  As CEO, his three main focuses are Brand Awareness, Model Duplication and Expanded Partnerships.  With the combination of these ideas, Mr. Wyatt is charged with positioning THINC for sustained growth and expansion.  Mr. Wyatt is extremely excited to collaborate with others in order to take THINC to its fullest potential.


Dr. Chris Williams, Director

Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from LaGrange College, a Master’s in Teaching from LaGrange College, and a Doctorate of Education from Columbus State University. He also received the Education Specialist from Columbus and was chosen as the 21st century classroom representative for Gardner Newman Middle School.

In addition to his pedagogical expertise, Dr. Williams is well­ informed about today’s technology. After high school, he worked with one of the Navy’s two most technologically advanced systems, the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Weapon System. After leading a team of six men aboard the USS Paul F. Foster during Desert Storm, Dr. Williams worked in IT for Trackmobile, Federal Mogul, and Interface Flooring.


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Jennifer Pike, Assistant Principal/ Registrar

After graduating college with a Bachelors of Arts in Biology, Pike planned to attend medical school. She signed up for a Kaplan course to prepare for the MCAT and, at the same time, applied for a job at Callaway High School. She walked into her first classroom and left nine years later.

As the first registrar of THINC, Pike joins the team with a tool belt of relevant experience. From teaching science at Callaway High School for nine years, to serving as an administrator at Gardner Newman Middle School for four years, to registering students for classes at LaGrange High School for the last two years, Jennifer is shaped to serve THINC’s students as registrar and career advisor.


Veleka Battle, Assistant Principal/ CTE Supervisor

Veleka Battle is a fourteen-year veteran educator in the Troup County School System. She was first hired as a science teacher at LaGrange High School in 2005, and in 2017 she began her role in administration. Ms. Battle is currently serving as Assistant Principal at THINC College and Career
Academy, where she is the Career Technical Agricultural Education (CTAE) Supervisor.  She has also served as Assistant Science Department Chair, Summer School Coordinator, a member of the School Improvement and Leadership Team, School Council, Junior University Instructor, and a
mentor teacher. After earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from LaGrange College, Veleka received her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Columbus State University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum and Leadership from CSU.

In addition to her involvement within our school system, Veleka volunteers in her church and local community. She dedicates the majority of her free time to her daughter, family and travel.