Former Dougherty County School Superintendent John Culbreath, right, chats with Judy Randall just prior to Culbreath’s “roast” at Albany Technical College Friday night. The roast is one of The Albany Technical College Foundation’s largest fundraising events of the year.
ALBANY — Just prior to being “roasted” by several of his friends Friday night at Albany Technical College, former Dougherty County School System Superintendent John Culbreath seemed resigned to his fate.
“Someone told me the other day that I’d have to be half crazy to subject myself to a roast like this,” Culbreath said just prior to the start of the Albany Technical College Foundation fundraising event. “I told them if being half crazy is a requirement, then I more than qualify.”
More than 100 people were on hand at ATC’s Kirkland Center for the seventh annual event which has pumped more than $50,000 into the school’s coffers.
“We’ve been pleased with how the event has developed over the years,” ATC Special Assistant to the President Joe Najjar said. “We lost money on the first one, but we learned as we went along and each successive one has gotten better and better.”
Culbreath has been a teacher, assistant principal, and school superintendent.
He retired in 2001 after serving for six years as the superintendent of the Dougherty County School System.
He has been named “Administrator of the Year” by the Georgia Association of Education Office Personnel, “School and Community Leader of the Year” by the Georgia School Public Relations Association, and “Man of the Year” by the local March of Dimes.
“Albany Tech has given much to our community, this was the least I could do,” Culbreath said. “And that makes it worth every moment.”
When asked which one of his roasters he expected to make him cringe the most, Culbreath replied, “John I. Davis. We’ve known each other since we were 16. He knows stuff that could embarrass me. He just needs to remember that I will pay him back.”
Davis, now the principal at The South Georgia Regional Achievement Center, laughed when informed of his old friend’s threat.
“Oh, yeah, I know a lot about John,” Davis said. “We were freshmen together at Albany State. The worst thing I can say about him is that I cut his hair for two years and her never paid me a dime.
“With interest, I figure he owes me $600.”