GGC School of Business establishes charter board of visitors

Georgia Gwinnett College has created its first-ever board of visitors. The GGC School of Business Board of Visitors is a consortium of prominent business and civic leaders selected from prestigious regional, national and international entities. Board members partner with constituencies outside academia to build private support for the scholarships, professorships and internships which bring outstanding students, faculty and programming to Georgia Gwinnett.

Georgia Gwinnett College has created its first-ever board of visitors. The GGC School of Business Board of Visitors is a consortium of prominent business and civic leaders selected from prestigious regional, national and international entities. Board members partner with constituencies outside academia to build private support for the scholarships, professorships and internships which bring outstanding students, faculty and programming to Georgia Gwinnett.

Board of visitors members serve as connectors, advocates and representatives of the GGC School of Business, articulating its mission and vision. Board membership is by invitation only and for a term of three years. Charter members of the GGC School of Business Board of Visitors are:

  • Patrick K. Barron, retired first vice president and chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Gene Chayevsky, chairman and CEO of international games developer Cadillac Jack
  • Joseph D. Chianese, senior vice president of Entertainment Partners in Los Angeles
  • Lurline Craig-Burke, management director for strategic development with Marsh Global Risk Management
  • Connie C. Dudley, executive vice president for product and client development with Total Systems Services
  • Jonelle Faal, entrepreneur, 2011 graduate of the GGC School of Business and 2011 University System of Georgia Outstanding Scholar
  • E. Douglas Hickman, group vice president for foundations and endowments specialty practice with Suntrust Bank
  • Deidre McDonald, Georgia Entertainment Media consultant and founder of Atlanta’s BronzeLens Film Festival.
  • Charles R. Oglesby, retired president and CEO of Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.

"The establishment of the School of Business Board of Visitors is in keeping with Georgia Gwinnett’s tradition of choosing innovators to lead our educational mission," said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. "With leaders from finance, entertainment and business, this group brings a powerful perspective to the School of Business and the GGC community."

Dr. Victoria Johnson, dean for the School of Business, said the board of visitors will expand the school’s growing reputation as a regional innovator in business education.

"We’re delighted to partner with this eminent group of local, national, and international leaders," Johnson said. "They add significant geographic, intellectual and professional breadth to our vision for the GGC School of Business."

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