Stephens to serve as Chair of GGC Foundation

John D. Stephens was elected today as the new chairman of the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation by its board of trustees.  He succeeds Glenn White, who served as the inaugural chair from the foundation’s inception in 2006.

John D. Stephens was elected today as the new chairman of the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation by its board of trustees.  He succeeds Glenn White, who served as the inaugural chair from the foundation’s inception in 2006.

“John D. is one of the Gwinnett region’s most accomplished business and civic leaders,” said Tommy Hughes, board of trustees nominating committee chairman. “We are honored to have him serve as chair, and look forward to his leadership as the foundation and the college both enter their next exciting phases of growth.”

“The college would not be where it is today if not for the leadership, dedication and resourcefulness of the GGC Foundation. John D. has the experience and perspective to lead the foundation in becoming an even greater source of critical support for the college,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “He understands the complexities we face in today’s challenging economic times, and what it takes to be successful.” 

The foundation has been challenged with building the financial resources needed to support a new, unproven institution through its first few years. Now that the college has grown, the foundation’s emphasis must shift.

 “John D. Stephens has a proven ability to lead and to understand market penetration,” said Gordon Harrison, president of the foundation.  “He has already been involved in numerous key decisions and activities on behalf of the foundation. He is a logical and outstanding choice as the next chairman.” 

Harrison also noted the foundation’s involvement in the emergence of GGC as a leader in the college community.  “There are vast differences between a college of a few hundred students, and one with many thousands. The needs are very different. For example, more scholarships and program funding is required. GGC’s age is another factor. The foundation initially had to focus on helping the college develop key, core facilities that are at the heart of the student experience at any institution. This included the library, student center and student housing. Now, the foundation’s emphasis will shift toward initiatives more directly related to supporting enrollment growth, which continues at a dramatic pace.”  John D. Stephens has an approach that is visionary and strategic, something necessary to guide the foundation to a new level, Harrison said.

“This is an exciting time for the college, and it will be my privilege to be involved,” Stephens noted upon being elected.  “I am taking over as chair following the excellent leadership of Glenn White. I will continue to focus on a healthy organization, especially as we gain momentum on fundraising.”

Stephens has served on the board of trustees of Georgia Gwinnett College since December 2009, and is on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce. The chamber honored Stephens by naming the education center in their building after Stephens and also named him Citizen of the Year in 2006. He was the recipient of the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Environmental Legacy Award in 2007. He has served as the past president of the Georgia Utility Contractors Association and as a gubernatorial appointee on the Georgia Board of Industry, Trade and Tourism. 

Stephens and his wife, Beverly, reside in Snellville where they enjoy their five children and nine grandchildren.  Active in the civic community, Stephens supports many charitable causes, including American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, and local non-profits such as Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville and the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.

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