In October 2016 the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Joe Head. Joe has been a member of EVHS since 1990. He is a frequent author and lecturer of local historical topics of which, among others, his most popular have been The Legend of Chain Gang Hill, Asa Candler, The Heart of the Chase, The Civil War in Bartow County and most recognized is his book, The General – The Great Locomotive Dispute.
His most passionate contributions have been the establishment of the award winning Bartow History Scholar Program and Quiz Bowl competition among county and city 8th grade middle schools. Additionally, Joe implemented the EVHS Family Friendly Field Trip Series events that attracted a younger population and boosted membership by more than a third. He took charge of the EVHS website and introduced a new feature (Bartow Author’s Corner) allowing local writers a venue to contribute articles about Bartow County history.
After forty years in higher education, Joe retired from Kennesaw State University where he served as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services and Dean of Admissions. He has been active in the community serving on the Etowah Scholarship Foundation, Pettit Preserve and a variety of professional organizations.