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Search for new college chief begins

ATLANTA - Gwinnett County's representative on the state Board of Regents will head the search for the first president of Gwinnett's new four-year college.

Board Chairman Joel Wooten announced Wednesday that Regent Richard Tucker of Lawrenceville will serve as chairman of a three-member presidential search committee for Gwinnett University Center.

The committee also will include regents Pat Pittard and Hugh Carter. Both are from Atlanta.

The General Assembly approved a resolution during this year's session authorizing the conversion of GUC to a stand-alone four-year college.

Last month, the Board of Regents earmarked $1.3 million in start-up costs to begin what is expected to be a three-year transition.

The search committee probably will complete its task in time to recommend a candidate to the board in September, said Rob Watts, GUC's interim president.

Watts said presidential searches usually take longer because they include input from campus committees made up of students, faculty and alumni. But because the Gwinnett college will be new, there won't be a campus committee involved, he said.

Watts will be leaving GUC this summer to become interim president of Georgia Perimeter College.