Gwinnett community honors GGC’s Kaufman with scholarship fund
On the eve of his final work day as president of Georgia Gwinnett College, Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman, and his wife, Kathryn, were honored by members of the Gwinnett community at a private dinner hosted by the GGC Foundation.
Speakers included Tommy Hughes, currently serving as chair of the foundation’s board of trustees, Glenn S. White, charter chair of the foundation’s board of trustees and Richard Tucker, a member of the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents. The college was represented by Dr. Stas Preczewski, who will begin serving as GGC’s interim president July 1.
“Dan and Kathryn, thank you for taking a leap of faith and believing in the potential of Gwinnett County,” said Hughes. “You have turned our vision of a four-year college into a thriving center of learning, a cornerstone of thought leadership and a key driver of economic impact. Thanks to your hard work and leadership, GGC will forever be a transformational and educational asset for the community, state and nation.”
GGC opened its doors to 118 students in August 2006 as the nation’s first four-year public college founded in the 21st century, and the first four-year public college founded in Georgia in more than 100 years. Today, it is one of the 10 largest colleges within the USG.
The attendees enjoyed a video retrospective on Kaufman’s vision for the college, and a video tribute by Aurora Theater’s “Les Miserables” cast to GGC’s first lady, Kathryn Kaufman.
Tucker then announced that many of the dinner participants, as well as others who were unable to attend the event, have together made nearly $300,000 in commitments thus far to a scholarship to be established in Kaufman’s name.
Efforts to fund the scholarship began shortly after Kaufman announced he would be leaving the college to become president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Peach State Federal Credit Union made a leadership commitment of $50,000 to the cause.
“GGC is critical to the future vitality of our county, region and state,” said Marshall Boutwell, president and CEO of Peach State Federal Credit Union. “While supporting the college is an ongoing responsibility of our community, it also is our responsibility to recognize pivotal achievements worthy of significant distinction and honor. Dr. Kaufman’s role as GGC’s founding father is one of those achievements, and we at Peach State Federal Credit Union are privileged to contribute to this historic community legacy.”