Ivester, 57, first became ill in early August and was hospitalized in mid August.
“He was a tremendous president, leader, husband, friend, and Christian, and our entire college community college loved him for his enormous heart for our college and passion for serving other people,” Amy Husley, the college’s vice president of community and college relations, told Now Habersham. “He cared for everyone on this campus, and he made each person feel welcomed, loved, and respected.”
Ivester became the sixth president of NGTC in 2016. He previously served at the college for eight years as vice president for economic development. Prior to that, he was NGTC’s vice president of administrative services, and he also was an adjunct instructor during his earlier years at the college.
Ivester also was the board chair-elect of the Community Colleges of Appalachia, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges that works to develop programs and services for the unique cultural, geographic and economic development challenges in the Appalachia region.
NGTC last week held gatherings at several campuses to offer prayers for Ivester during his illness, as did South Georgia Technical College.
NGTC will announce information for upcoming plans for service as they become available.