March 11, 2019

Dear GGC students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members,

As we all return from a well-deserved spring break, I wish to provide a final update on the search for GGC’s third president. Over the past few months, the Presidential Search and Screen Committee has been quite busy. As a result of the closed search process, we received a large number of applications that included sitting presidents, interim presidents, vice-presidents, provosts and many other highly-qualified candidates from across the nation. Additionally, because of your nominations, and the active recruitment by Parker Executive Search, our applicant pool included a significant number of very strong candidates. It was no easy task to screen our candidates, but the committee eventually interviewed a highly qualified group of diverse candidates from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

Per the charge from Chancellor Wrigley to assist the Chancellor and the Board of Regents in the search and screen process for the next President of Georgia Gwinnett College, the Presidential Search and Screen Committee was able to provide an unranked list of candidates to the Regent’s Special Committee for further review. We expect the process to move forward efficiently, but are not involved in the timing of the next steps with the Regents Special Committee and the USG system office. We are confident that the candidates we have recommended are all capable of leading the College into a new era, while at the same time being mindful of the culture and priorities that the GGC community holds dear. It was clear that our candidates were all impressed with the unique culture of GGC, our student-centered approach, the close-knit GGC community, and what we have been able to accomplish in such a short period of time.

The work of the committee would not have been possible without the participation of so many of you. I would like to thank all of you who participated in our surveys, listening sessions, sent emails and suggestions, and submitted nominations. Your feedback and suggestions provided the backbone of our position description and prospectus, and helped define the qualities and expectations of our next president. Rest assured that we kept these in mind as we screened and interviewed our candidates. Thank you all for placing your trust in the committee.

I would also like to thank so many of our campus offices for helping “behind the scenes” with the presidential website, survey and listening sessions, public relations, internal and external communications, and assisting with meetings. Your support, confidentiality, and willingness to help on such a short timeline was greatly appreciated by the committee.

Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank the members of the Presidential Search and Screen Committee. A closed presidential search is not an easy task, and I can personally attest to the weight of responsibility that members of this committee had to endure during this process. The work was time-consuming and difficult at times, but it was also an honor to serve the GGC community. Personally, it was a pleasure working with a group of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners who were all committed to representing our entire GGC community and dedicated to selecting a future president that all of you would be happy and proud of having as your next president.

On behalf of GGC’s Presidential Search and Screen Committee,

Judy Awong-Taylor,
Chair, Presidential Search and Screen Committee

Presidential Search and Screen Committee

Judy Awong-Taylor, Ph.D., professor of biology, School of Science and Technology; chair, Presidential Search Committee
Darrick Alvarez, student president, Organization of Latin American Students
Rachel A. Bowser, Ph.D., associate professor of English and interim associate provost of Strategic Initiatives, School of Liberal Arts
Beth Cavalier, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, School of Liberal Arts, and Faculty Senate president
George Darden, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, School of Education
Tim Foster, '11 GGC alumnus, GGC Alumni Association Board, chair; chief compliance officer, Masters Capital Management, LLC
Homero Gonzalez, '11 GGC alumnus; co-founder, marketing and creative director, ULTIM Marketing
Tommy Hughes, GGC Foundation Board of Trustees, chair; partner, Hughes Investment Properties LLC
Karen Jackson, Ed.D., associate dean for Advising Programs, School of Transitional Studies
Kathija Jamaloodeen, program coordinator of health sciences, School of Health Sciences; chair, Staff Council
C. Douglas Johnson, Ph.D., professor of leadership and management, School of Business
Aliya Kanani, student vice president, Student Government Association
Bartow Morgan, GGC Foundation Board of Trustees, secretary; executive, Renasant Bank
John D. Stephens, GGC Foundation Board of Trustees, member; president, Stephens Holdings, Inc., and managing member, JDS Holdings LLC
Binh Tran, D.B.A., assistant professor of information technology, School of Science and Technology
Glenn White, GGC Foundation Board of Trustees, treasurer; retired president, United Community Bank
Keeta P. Wilborn, Ph.D., R.N. professor of nursing, School of Health Sciences