Business dean appointed for college

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Gwinnett College named a new dean this week for its school of business.

Victoria Johnson will join the administration of the new four-year state college after dedicating her career to business in higher education. She was formerly the associate dean for the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University.

"I'm very excited to be a part of this new and creative addition to the world of higher education," Johnson said. "I'm looking forward to utilizing my 25 years of experience in this innovative vision of business education for the 21st century."

Johnson serves on the Board of Directors for United Business Institutes and on the editorial board of the Global Business and Economics Review.

She holds a doctorate in public administration from the University of Georgia, and a master of public administration and bachelor of arts in English from Georgia State University.

"Dr. Johnson's extensive experience in academia and business will help us build a strong foundation in our business programs. She is fully capable of providing the academic and administrative leadership required to achieve the high standards of excellence within the college," said Stas Preczewski, the college's vice president of academic and student affairs.

Business administration is one of three programs Georgia Gwinnett College will offer to its first class of 150 to 200 students, who will enroll this fall as college juniors. In future years, the college plans to offer four additional majors. By 2010, the college anticipates it will have 10,000 students.

Earlier this week, the college announced the acceptance of its first three students: Shawnda Noble, 25, of Norcross; Joanna Ortega, 28, of Lawrenceville; and Tori Davenport, 21, of Loganville.

Georgia Gwinnett College will continue to accept applications until August 10. To apply or for more information, visit http://www.ggc.usg.edu.