Georgia Gwinnett hires first faculty member

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Gwinnett College has selected its first faculty member, a marketing and international business professor from Mercer University in Atlanta.

Professor Spero Peppas was the director of Mercer's Center for International Business Relations and holds several business degrees, including a doctorate of business administration in international business from Georgia State University.

"GGC's goal is to hire faculty who meet the highest standards of academic excellence, and it is a milestone for this new college to welcome its first faculty member," said Victoria Johnson, dean of Gwinnett College's school of business. "I can think of no one who embodies the vision of Georgia Gwinnett College more than Dr. Peppas."

Peppas served as a marketing specialist for the United Nations and the International Labor Organization and was named researcher of the year in 2003 by Mercer's Stetson School of Business and Economics. He emphasized the importance of being able to navigate today's multicultural business environment.

"The world's future leaders must be able to operate in a multicultural environment and adapt to changing social, political, legal and economic conditions," Peppas said. "Teaching at GGC is a wonderful opportunity to shape tomorrow's leaders and respond to the needs of business in the 21st century."

Georgia Gwinnett College is now accepting applications for the upcoming fall semester, its inaugural class. Current college students with at least 45 college credit hours who are interested in completing a bachelor's degree in biology, psychology or business should apply online at www.ggc.usg.edu or www.gacollege411.org. Classes for freshman begin fall 2007.