James to guide GGC's residential transformation

Laura James has been selected as associate vice president for Academic and Student Affairs Operations at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) in Lawrenceville. One of her tasks is facilitating the College’s historic transformation from a four-year commuter college to a residential institution.

Laura James has been selected as associate vice president for Academic and Student Affairs Operations at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) in Lawrenceville. One of her tasks is facilitating the College’s historic transformation from a four-year commuter college to a residential institution.

“Becoming a 24/7 campus presents exciting opportunities for growth, as well as distinct challenges,” James said. “When our residence halls open in August of this year, Georgia Gwinnett College will join the ranks of colleges and universities throughout the nation in our commitment to provide our students with an exceptional living/learning, on-campus experience.

To accomplish this, existing institutional support services like campus security, food services, student services, and library hours will be expanded to accommodate the unique needs of students living on campus, she said.

Since it opened in 2006, GGC’s enrollment has grown rapidly to 3,400. Projected enrollment for fall 2010 is 5,000, of which 1,000 can elect to live on campus. Still under construction, the residence halls feature suites of private student rooms connected to common living spaces.

Also set to open this summer are a new student center and library and learning center.

James coordinates a campus-wide effort to prepare for the arrival of the College’s first resident students. In addition to providing leadership in coordinating Georgia Gwinnett’s 24/7 project activities, she leads other campus-wide initiatives in support of key priorities in academic and student affairs operations.

A native of DeKalb County, James earned a master’s degree in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since returning to Atlanta in 2001, she has held leadership positions at Emory University, the Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta Metropolitan College and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

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