Gordon Harrison

Dr. Gordon Harrison

Professor in Residence

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Dr. Gordon Harrison’s career spans 30 years serving the State of Georgia and the University System of Georgia. He held the positions of Vice President for Advancement at Georgia Gwinnett College and President of the GGC Foundation prior to his retirement in Summer 2011. He currently serves as Special Assistant to the President and Professor in Residence.

Harrison came to GGC following a stint as Executive-in-Residence and Chief Administrative Officer of the Georgia House of Representatives, on loan from the University System. Prior to this, he served in leadership positions for 10 years at Kennesaw State University during KSU’s high growth period in the 1990’s. In 2000, Harrison was named Citizen of the Year in Kennesaw, Ga. for his work in university-city relations.

Harrison also worked in the private sector in the 1990’s, managing corporate divisions involved in legislative advocacy and international communications. He also has worked throughout Asia and Europe, establishing an office in Beijing, China marketing products from Georgia in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

He began his career as an assistant to Gov. George Busbee for Congressional Relations. Harrison was appointed by Busbee as the youngest Science Advisor to the Governor in the nation. He was instrumental in the creation of the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech. He has lectured in the U.S., Asia and in England on issues involving crisis management.


  • Doctorate – crisis communication – Georgia State University
  • Master's – professional writing – Georgia State University
  • Bachelor's – microbiology, biochemistry and English – Georgia State University


  • Professor in Residence