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Kaufman honored with scholarship in his name

Special Photo Outgoing Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman, left, pauses for a photo with Lee and Marshall Boutwell at a Thursday night event at the college. Kaufman and his wife were honored by members of the Gwinnett community with almost $300,000 in commitments toward a scholarship in his name.

Special Photo Outgoing Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman, left, pauses for a photo with Lee and Marshall Boutwell at a Thursday night event at the college. Kaufman and his wife were honored by members of the Gwinnett community with almost $300,000 in commitments toward a scholarship in his name.

Staff Writer

frank.reddy@gwinnettdailypost.com

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Outgoing Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel Kaufman and his wife, Kathryn, were recently honored by members of the Gwinnett community with almost $300,000 in commitments toward a scholarship in his name.

Hosted by the GGC Foundation, the event also featured a video retrospective on Kaufman's vision for the college and a video tribute by Aurora Theater's "Les Miserables" cast to GGC's "first lady" Kathryn Kaufman.

Tommy Hughes, who currently serves as chair of the foundation's board of trustees, thanked the couple "for taking a leap of faith and believing in the potential of Gwinnett County."

"You have turned our vision of a four-year college into a thriving center of learning, a cornerstone of thought leadership and a key driver of economic impact," Hughes said. "Thanks to your hard work and leadership, GGC will forever be a transformational and educational asset for the community, state and nation."

GGC opened its doors to 118 students in August 2006 as the nation's first four-year public college founded in the 21st century and the first four-year public college founded in Georgia in more than 100 years. Currently, it is one of the 10 largest colleges within the USG.

Efforts to fund the $300,000 scholarship began shortly after Kaufman announced he would be leaving the college to become president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Peach State Federal Credit Union made a commitment of $50,000 to the cause.

"GGC is critical to the future vitality of our county, region and state," said Marshall Boutwell, president and CEO of Peach State Federal Credit Union.

"While supporting the college is an ongoing responsibility of our community, it also is our responsibility to recognize pivotal achievements worthy of significant distinction and honor. Dr. Kaufman's role as GGC's founding father is one of those achievements ... and we at Peach State Federal Credit Union are privileged to contribute to this historic community legacy."

Kaufman will begin his new job with the Chamber of Commerce on Monday.