July 9, 2012
Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman announced today that Renee Byrd-Lewis has been selected as GGC’s new vice president for Advancement. In that role, she will oversee the college’s Development, External Affairs and Public Affairs functions.
“Advancement is the arena through which a college engages with the communities it serves,” said Kaufman. “Renee is an experienced community relations professional with an outstanding record of mutually beneficial relationships with local, state and federal elected and appointed officials, and business and civic leaders. She has the skills and expertise to lead GGC forward in expanding its relationships with our communities.”
Byrd-Lewis received her undergraduate degree from Emory University and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Georgia State University. She has 17 years of experience in higher education, nonprofit management and corporate community relations, most recently as community relations director for Cisco Systems, Inc. She has previous experience with Georgia Perimeter College, Scientific Atlanta, Inc. and as a respected community liaison.
“GGC is changing the paradigm for higher education, and its students are at an epicenter of learning, innovation and accountability,” Byrd-Lewis said. “The opportunity to join an organization committed to and engaging in educational transformation is extraordinary.”
An active community leader, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Metro Atlanta and Gwinnett Chambers of Commerce, United Way of Metro Atlanta, Gwinnett Hospital System, Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia. She has served in similar capacity with many other local organizations.
“The future of the region and state rests upon the next generation, and GGC’s focus on graduating students prepared for 21st century work and leadership is yielding a significant return on investment,” said Byrd-Lewis. “A key element of the student experience is learning to anticipate and respond effectively to an uncertain and changing world. This is where community leaders can engage in the life of the college and have the greatest impact.”
Byrd-Lewis and her husband Tim Lewis reside in Buford with their two sons, Will and Alex.