Loganville rep tapped for college committee

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett representatives now head both Georgia House committees devoted to education.

Rep. Len Walker, R-Loganville, was tapped by Speaker David Ralston to head the Higher Education Committee.

"I am very aware of the enormous value and importance of our state's colleges and universities," Walker said. "It is my desire to see our colleges and universities grow and prosper even in this economic climate."

Ralston said in a press release that he had confidence in the Loganville man.

"As someone who has previously served on this committee as a member, Rep. Walker has the skills and knowledge to lead this committee and ensure that our state's university system remains strong," Ralston said.

The House Higher Education Committee considers issues relating to the state's public and independent colleges and universities, public community and technical colleges, and private career schools, the release said. The committee also hears legislation that involves governance and coordination of higher education, financial aid and tuition.

A separate Education Committee considers legislation relating to K-12 schools. It is headed by Rep. Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth.

A member of the Gwinnett delegation also heads the K-12 Education Committee in the Senate. Sen. Dan Weber, R-Dunwoody, represents a district that includes the Peachtree Corners area.