GGC Foundation hosts its Inaugural Trustee Gala

“The future of this college is literally in our hands,” said Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation Chairman Glenn S. White to those attending the GGC Foundation’s Inaugural Trustee Gala last evening. The black tie soirée held at the college campus included GGC Trustees, GGC Foundation Board members, elected officials, GGC administrators and students. The evening commemorated the first gathering of the Trustees since the inception of the Foundation.

“The future of this college is literally in our hands,” said Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation Chairman Glenn S. White to those attending the GGC Foundation’s Inaugural Trustee Gala last evening. The black tie soirée held at the college campus included GGC Trustees, GGC Foundation Board members, elected officials, GGC administrators and students. The evening commemorated the first gathering of the Trustees since the inception of the Foundation.

“Our work for this Foundation is important and necessary for our children and for this county,” said White.

Wayne Shackelford, long-time supporter of the college’s formation and GGC Board member reminisced and added, “There is no greater place to live, work, pray, play and educate our children than in Gwinnett County. We must teach our children that what has been good enough in the past isn’t good enough today; tomorrow will require very different skills.”

GGC President Kaufman thanked everyone who had a part in the creation of the College, and all those who have been close supporters and friends. He asked that each one “be involved, in any way you can, as often as you can. A college is, in significant measure, what the surrounding community wants it to be. You have the power to make this college one of the most important institutions of higher learning in the nation.”

With attendance at the event exceeding 130 guests, the list of attendees included many of the business and political leaders of the county. Included in the group were financier and developer Wayne Mason, former county commissioner and developer Tommy Hughes, attorney Tom Andersen, former county commissioner and head of the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia Judy Waters, Senator Don Balfour and other members of the Gwinnett Legislative Delegation. Former Director of the Gwinnett University Center Rob Watts and his wife Tina Stern also attended. In 2002 and 2003, Mr. Watts was given the assignment as the initial transition director of the Georgia Gwinnett College project. He has most recently been selected by the Chancellor as the chief operating officer for the University System of Georgia.

Appreciation was also expressed to Arnie Silverman, president and CEO of Silverman Construction, for his gift to help sponsor the event.

The Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing, allocating and accounting for contributions, real estate, scholarships and academic support to Georgia Gwinnett College.

GGC opened its doors August 18, 2006 to a class of about 120 juniors as the nation’s first public four-year college created in the 21st century. It is the first four-year college created in the state of Georgia in more than 100 years.

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