Commissioner Announces Search Committee for Next President of Gwinnett Technical College

May 01, 2014

Commissioner Announces Search Committee for Next President of Gwinnett Technical College


Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson has announced the creation of a search committee that will assist him in the process of selecting the next president of Gwinnett Technical College.

Jackson's choice will replace President Sharon Bartels, who retired on May 1.

The search committee will be chaired by Wendell Dallas, the vice president for operations at Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas and chairman of the Gwinnett Technical College Board of Directors. In the coming weeks, the committee members will conduct interviews with applicants who respond to a national announcement for the position. Their job will be to narrow the applicants down to three candidates and then provide Jackson with those names.

Joining Dallas on the committee are Kerry Armstrong, the senior vice president of Pope and Land Enterprises, Inc.; Robert Avoss, the superintendent of the Fulton County School System; State Senator Brandon Beach of the 21st District, who is also president of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Fran Forehand, the East Region vice president for Georgia Power; Julie Haley, the chief executive officer of Edge Solutions; Davis Belle Isle, mayor of the City of Alpharetta; Dr. Daniel Kaufman, president of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce; Dan King, a retired partner with King and Spalding and chairman of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation; Doug Meyer, president of InExpress North Atlanta and a member of the Gwinnett Technical College Board of Directors; Michael L. Sullivan, the executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia and a member of the State Board of Technical College System of Georgia; and J. Alvin Wilbanks, the chief executive officer and superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools.

"I'm pleased to be assisted in this presidential search by a committee of highly-respected individuals from throughout the area served by Gwinnett Technical College. I trust their opinions and know that they will provide me with valuable assistance in selecting an outstanding leader to follow in the footsteps of President Sharon Bartels. Her hard work and dedication has created one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, and one with a strong reputation for in-demand programs that lead students into great careers in today's highly technical workforce," said Jackson.

The three candidates chosen by the committee will be interviewed by the senior management at the system's Atlanta office before their final interview is scheduled with Jackson. His choice for the president's job is subject to the approval of the 22 members of the state board that oversees the TCSG.

The entire process to select the next president of Gwinnett Technical College is expected to take several weeks.

David H. Welden, the college's executive vice president for finance and administration, is serving as the interim president until a new president is named.

About the TCSG: The 24 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of outstanding instructors, hands-on learning and state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today's in-demand jobs.

In 2013, the TCSG colleges delivered 2.4 million credit hours of instruction to more than 151,000 students. The TCSG is online, too, serving 72,000 students through the system's Georgia Virtual Technical Connection.

TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia's HOPE Grant and scholarship and the federal Pell Grant, which will pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education.

The TCSG Office of Adult Education delivered programs to 71,000 adult learners in 2013, including GED preparation and testing services that enabled almost 16,000 men and women to earn their GED credential.

Last year, the TCSG Quick Start program provided customized workforce training to just over 60,000 employees of new and expanding companies in Georgia.

For more information about the TCSG and links to the 24 TCSG colleges, go to