Longtime Temple High School Principal Tim Gribben has been named the Director of High Schools and Middle Schools as part of a slate of administrative changes approved by the Carroll County Board of Education Thursday, May 18.
Gribben is replacing Dr. Travis Thomas who has been named Superintendent of the Pickens County School District. Current Villa Rica High School Principal Seth Rogers will be the new principal at Temple High and current Bay Springs Middle School Principal Dr. Mike Bedosky will be the new principal at Villa Rica High. Longtime Mount Zion Middle School Principal Connie Cook will be the new principal at Mount Zion High School after current MZHS Principal Landon Odom took a position with another district.
These changes continue a trend in leadership development, Superintendent Scott Cowart said. “We have promoted many of our leaders internally, and beyond that, over the last 10 years many of our leaders have gone on to lead schools and even school districts elsewhere. We are proud to be known as a system that develops talent. Whether here or elsewhere, these leaders make a difference in the lives of students, and we are carrying out our mission of positively changing lives.”
Gribben was assistant principal at THS for six years before serving as principal there for the last eight. He has experience as a teacher and coach in Carroll County and the Douglas County School System. Gribben holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia, a master’s degree from Jacksonville State University and a specialist degree from UWG in educational leadership. He is a recent participant of the District Office Development Program through the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.
“Mr. Gribben is a proven leader who is ready to help middle and high school principals in his new role as part of our Teaching and Learning Department,” Superintendent Scott Cowart said. “His experience leading Temple High to increase graduation rates, earn National STEM certification and receive numerous Advanced Placement recognitions over the last eight years has prepared him to lead improvements at other middle and high schools across the district.”
Rogers has been principal at VRHS for the last three years. He has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, coach and administrator. He holds an associate degree from Middle Georgia College, a bachelor’s degree from Brewton Parker College, a master’s degree from Walden University and a specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Columbus State University.
Bedosky joined the Carroll County School System in 2022 as principal of Bay Springs Middle School, but he has enjoyed a long career in both public and private school settings at the middle and high school levels. He served as high school principal at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn before coming to BSMS. Bedosky coached and taught at the high school level for 16 years before moving into administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, a master’s from Coppin State University and a Doctor of Education from Walden University. Bedosky was a four-year football starter at the University of Missouri and had NFL experience with both the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns.
Cook has 30 years of educational experience as a teacher, assistant principal and principal all within the Carroll County School System. She has been the principal of Mount Zion Middle for the past 11 years. Cook holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from the University of West Georgia and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Jacksonville State University.
“Principals have a vital role inside the schools, but also in the community as our schools interact with parents, businesses and other organizations,” Cowart said. “Each of these principals is committed to positively changing lives and helping students graduate ready to be enrolled, enlisted or employed. I’m confident that each of them will be a great fit.”