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Search committee named to select next Gwinnett Tech president

Wilbanks, Kaufman among local leaders on committee

LAWRENCEVILLE — A 12-person search committee was announced on Thursday to find the next president for Gwinnett Technical College.

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson said the committee would help him find the replacement for President Sharon Bartels, who retired on Thursday. Committee members will conduct interviews with applicants from a nationwide search, and their job will be to narrow the applicants down to three candidates.

The three candidates chosen by the committee will be interviewed by the senior management at the system’s Atlanta office before their final interview is scheduled with Jackson. His choice for the president’s job is subject to the approval of the 22 members of the state board that oversees the TCSG.

“I trust their opinions and know that they will provide me with valuable assistance in selecting an outstanding leader to follow in the footsteps of President Sharon Bartels,” Jackson said in a press release. “Her hard work and dedication has created one of Georgia’s largest technical colleges, and one with a strong reputation for in-demand programs that lead students into great careers in today’s highly technical workforce.”

The search committee will be chaired by Wendell Dallas, the vice president for operations at Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas and chairman of the Gwinnett Technical College Board of Directors.

Other members are J. Alvin Wilbanks, the CEO/Superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools who also preceded Bartels as president at Gwinnet Tech; Kerry Armstrong, the senior vice president of Pope and Land Enterprises, Inc.; Robert Avoss, the superintendent of the Fulton County Schools; State Senator Brandon Beach of the 21st District, who is also president of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Fran Forehand, the East Region vice president for Georgia Power; Julie Haley, the chief executive officer of Edge Solutions; Davis Belle Isle, mayor of Alpharetta; Daniel Kaufman, president of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce; Dan King, a retired partner with King and Spalding and chairman of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation; Doug Meyer, president of InExpress North Atlanta and a member of the Gwinnett Technical College Board of Directors; Michael L. Sullivan, the executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia and a member of the State Board of Technical College System of Georgia;

The entire process is expected to take several weeks.

David H. Welden, the college’s executive vice president for finance and administration, is serving as the interim president until a new president is named.