McRae has been with Commercial Bank and Trust Bank for 29 years, joining the bank as Vice President/Branch Manager in 1980. In 1985, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and was selected as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer in 1990. McRae has served as Chairman of the LaGrange/Troup County Chamber of Commerce, President of the LaGrange Cancer Society and LaGrange Heart Association. He currently serves as Chairman of the Troup County Parks & Recreation Commission and on the Church Council of First United Methodist Church. McRae is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a BBA degree in Finance, and he completed the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Dr. Cole Pugh took the helm as Superintendent of Schools for Troup County School System in February of 2011. Dr. Pugh comes to Troup County from Fort Worth, Texas where he was most recently superintendent of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District. He has spent a total of 38 years in public education, 28 of those as a superintendent. During his career, Dr. Pugh spent almost a decade in the classroom as a teacher before advancing to the role of school principal. He has led several school districts as superintendent. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He acquired his doctorate in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.
After graduate school, Jeffrey Brown joined Armstrong World Industries in Labor Relations/HR holding positions in Lancaster, PA; Pensacola, FL, Los Angeles, CA and back to Lancaster. After being there a year he was promoted to Manager Training and Development and conducted seminars for Armstrong customers around the country. Brown was named as one of six senior salesmen to a new division of Armstrong, Corporate Markets Sales Organization, based out of Dallas, TX respesenting all Armstrong products and services to all major home builders in the Southwest. During this time, he was named Salesman of the Year. In 1975, Brown was recruited by Milliken and Company and over a 6 year period had several promotions leading to Business Manager Contract.