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Vice presidents appointed to Georgia Gwinnett College

LAWRENCEVILLE - Daniel Kaufman, president of Georgia Gwinnett College, appointed two new vice presidents Wednesday for the state's newest four-year college.

The president appointed Eddie Beauchamp as vice president for business and finance, and Gordon Harrison as vice president for advancement. At a Board of Regents, Kaufman commended both men for their accomplishments.

"Eddie Beauchamp and Gordon Harrison have long served the University System of Georgia in a number of capacities, and have excellent reputations in their respective fields," Kaufman said.

Both of the new administrators were assistant directors at the Gwinnett University Center. They were instrumental in the planning stages of Georgia Gwinnett.

Prior to his appointment, Harrison was a vice president at Kennesaw State University. He served as the executive director of the World Technology Center of the University System of Georgia. He was also a science adviser for former Governor George Busbee. Harrison holds a doctorate and a master's degree in professional writing from Georgia State University.

Harrison will be responsible for overseeing fundraising, media, advertising and government affairs for the college.

"We are very excited to be part of a new institution with all the challenges and opportunities ahead of us," Harrison said.

The new vice presidents both have extensive experience in university administration. Beauchamp served as a business officer and auditor for the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Perimeter College and the Gwinnett University Center.

A graduate of Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Beauchamp said he is looking forward to giving back to the county where he grew up.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for anyone," Beauchamp said. "We are creating this from the beginning. We have the opportunity to be investing in something here in Gwinnett County that has not been done before."

Beauchamp will oversee all of the financial operations of the new college, and manage the departments of human resources, facilities, security and internal audit.

Georgia Gwinnett is the first new state college to open in Georgia since 1970. It will start offering junior-level courses in Fall 2006, and accepting freshmen in August 2007. The college will offer seven bachelors degrees in a variety of disciplines, including science, business, education and technology.

For more information on Georgia Gwinnett, visit http://www.ggc.usg.edu.