GGC vice president to retire

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An administrator who helped open Georgia Gwinnett College will retire from his job on Friday.

Gordon Harrison, the college's vice president for advancement, began working at the school in January 2006 after being appointed by the chancellor of the University System of Georgia to serve on the management team overseeing the college's creation, according to a news release.

"Dr. Harrison was one of three employees at the beginning of GGC's history," President Daniel Kaufman said. "We had a budget of less than $1 million and the challenge of founding a new college. Today, we have 750 employees, almost 6,000 students and a budget of $60 million. He has contributed in many ways to the growth and success of this institution, and we are very grateful for his good work."

Harrison was initially responsible for examining programs in the United States and throughout the world and developing options for creating an innovative learning methodology, the news release states. He contributed to the foundation of both the academic and management structure of the institution, including hiring critical positions.

As the college grew, Harrison settled into his duties as vice president for advancement and soon was elected by the board of trustees of the GGC Foundation as that organization's charter president.

He also serves as an assistant professor in the School of Business and teaches a course in business communications and strategies.

"It has been my privilege to be part of the remarkable journey of Georgia Gwinnett College," Harrison said. "I extend my deepest appreciation to all those who have supported this historic endeavor and especially value the leadership and involvement of the Gwinnett community."

Harrison will retain status as an assistant professor and will teach two courses in the fall semester. He will also be a part-time assistant for external affairs to Kaufman.

The college has not yet announced plans for filling Harrison's position.