SACSCOC president to speak at GGC summer commencement
Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, will address graduates at Georgia Gwinnett College’s summer commencement ceremony, to be held at the Gwinnett Center at 10 a.m., Aug. 4. About 150 students will be awarded bachelor’s degrees.
“GGC achieved its first SACSCOC accreditation in record time in 2009 and reaffirmed its accreditation in 2014, both important milestones for the college,” said Dr. Stas Preczewski, president. “It is fitting that Dr. Wheelan will appear as a commencement speaker during our 10th anniversary year, and we are delighted to welcome her to campus.”
Wheelan’s career spans 40 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is the first African American and/or woman to serve in her current role, as well as several of her previous positions.
Wheelan holds a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (1984) in educational administration with a special concentration in community college leadership.
She has received numerous awards and recognitions including four honorary degrees; Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, DC (2001); the AAUW Woman of Distinction Award (2002); the John E. Roueche National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s International Leadership Award (2010); the AACC Leadership Award (2011); and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Terry O’Banion Prize in Education from the League for Innovation in Community Colleges.
Wheelan holds and has held membership in numerous local, state and national organizations including Rotary International; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors; the Lumina Foundation for Education Board of Directors; the President’s Round Table of the National Council on Black American Affairs; Excelencia in Education Board of Directors; Next Generation Learning Challenges Advisory Panel; Project GOALS (Gaining Online Accessible Learning Through Self-Study); and the National Student Clearinghouse Board of Directors.