When Savannah Technical College was facing numerous financial and educational challenges, a national search team recruited Billy Hair to take the helm as president. For 12 years, Hair successfully worked with others to help move Savannah Tech forward. Achievements included getting Savannah Tech accredited and financially sound, becoming a degree-granting institution, growing enrollment from 1,000 students to over 5,000 students, increasing the number of campuses from two to five, and launching the Savannah Tech Foundation, which created additional scholarship opportunities.

Then Chatham County residents elected Hair as their commission chairman in 1996 and again in 2000. The county prospered during that time with unprecedented growth and a commission that was united and harmonious. Hair pledges to bring this same kind of experienced leadership to all of Chatham County for the next four years as chairman, making a positive, lasting impact for years to come.

Since moving to Savannah nearly 30 years ago, Hair has been committed to community service, from serving on the boards of the Wesley Community Center and Savannah Association of the Blind (now the Savannah Association of the Blind and Low Vision) to serving as a member of the Rotary Club of Savannah West, Georgia International and Maritime Center Authority, Vice Chair of Team Savannah/U.S. Weight Lifting Center, and more.

Below are highlights from his military career, college education, executive leadership, community involvement, and business experience.

Military Service

  • U.S. Army, earned two Army Commendation Medals, an Air Medal, and a Bronze Star


  • Bachelor of Science degree, Finance, Real Estate & Insurance, University of South Carolina
  • Masters degree, Business Administration, University of South Carolina
  • Doctorate degree, Education, University of Georgia

Experienced Leadership

  • President of Savannah Tech, 12 years
  • President of National Association of Community and Technical Colleges
  • Chatham County Commission Chairman, 1996-2004
  • Started and operated four small businesses
    • Productivity Associates, organizational development company¬†
    • Productivity Air, aircraft acquisition and management company
    • Productivity Moped, sales and service dealership
    • Hangar Partners (50% Partner), aircraft hangar business

Current Community Service Highlights

  • Member and Elder, Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church
  • Member, Forest City Gun Club, The Landings Club and The Chatham Club

Awards and Honors

  • Dedicated Service Award, Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum
  • Small Business Service Award, Savannah Tech Small Business Institute
  • Dedicated Service Award, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau