Gwinnett Technical College
LAWRENCEVILLE — A long-time chief financial officer and vice president in several of Georgia’s technical colleges is returning to his roots.
D. Glen Cannon, the president of Chattahoochee Valley Technical College in Phenix City, Ala. since 2011, was announced on Thursday as the next president of Gwinnett Technical College. Commissioner Ron Jackson, who oversees the Technical College System of Georgia, announced the choice during the board’s monthly meeting at the TCSG headquarters in Atlanta.
Cannon, who will start on Sept. 1, replaces Sharon Bartels, who retired in May after she led the school since 1996.
David H. Welden, the executive vice president for finance and administration at Gwinnett Tech, led the school on an interim basis since Bartels’ retirement.
Board member Michael Sullivan of Lilburn, who serves as the representative from the state’s Seventh Congressional District, made the motion to approve the appointment of Cannon, which was approved unanimously.
A 12-person search committee interviewed and narrowed the applicant pool to three finalists. The search committee was made up of local and regional education and business leaders.
The two other finalists for the position were David McCulloch, vice president of economic development, and Victoria Seals, vice president of academic affairs, TCSG spokesman Mike Light said. McCulloch and Seals will remain in their current positions.
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr. Cannon for many years,” Jackson said in a press release. “He’s a talented administrator and dedicated educator who wants to help his students discover their potential and find success in the workforce. He’s been involved in every aspect of college operations during his career, and he’s the right choice to lead Gwinnett Technical College.”
Cannon previously worked for 22 years in Georgia’s technical colleges, including at DeKalb Technical College, now Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston, Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, Moultrie Technical College and Carroll Technical Institute, now West Georgia Technical College in Waco.
He was either a vice president of administrative services or director of accounting at those schools.
“I am humbled and appreciative that Commissioner Jackson and the TCSG State Board have faith in my ability to lead an already great college into a very exciting future,” Cannon said in a press release. “I have a strong passion for technical and adult education, and I will ensure that Gwinnett Technical College continues to be a leader in the development of a skilled workforce for the businesses and industries throughout the region it serves.”
Cannon earned a doctorate of education with a concentration in occupational studies from the University of Georgia. He received a master’s of business administration degree from Mercer University and bachelor’s of business administration from West Georgia College, now the University of West Georgia.