Georgia Gwinnett College adds international program

LAWRENCEVILLE — Georgia Gwinnett College added two new members to its administrative team Monday, including the creation of the first director of internationalization.

Tony Pinder, a former director of minority recruitment with the U.S. Peace Corps, is tasked with creating and staffing the college’s first new international program.

“International students contribute significantly to an academic community by introducing a vibrant and diverse mix of perspectives,” said college President Daniel J. Kaufman, who said Pinder’s experience and enthusiasm would serve the Lawrenceville campus well. “Study abroad programs and a curriculum infused with international dimensions also are keys to a robust educational experience. In today’s global economy, it is more important than ever for students to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, people and cultures from around the world.”

Pinder, a doctoral candidate at Clark Atlanta University’s School of Education, has a master’s degree in international economic and Latin American studies. He has traveled and worked in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America.

Also Monday, Kaufman appointed Laura A. Maxwell as vice president for resources at the college.

Maxwell, who joined the college in 2007 as chief business officer, will now be responsible for the oversight and management of Georgia Gwinnett’s financial and business processes.

“As GGC continues to grow, so will the administrative staff charged with leading this college through its continuing, dramatic growth and development,” Kaufman said. “Laura has been an important part of our management team. Through her new position, GGC will continue to benefit from her experience and leadership.”