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September 27, 2012
Jim McGean Named Volunteer of the Year by the Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia
Gwinnett Tech Foundation Trustee Leads College's Legacy of Lives Campaign
Gwinnett Tech Foundation Trustee Jim McGean has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia (TCFA), honored for his leadership on Gwinnett Tech's Legacy of Lives capital campaign.
The TCFA Volunteer of the Year award recognizes outstanding contributions of time, talent and financial support that individuals have made on behalf of their local Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) college. The winners embody the best ideals of philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism through their dedicated service to their technical college.
McGean, the retired president of Verizon Wireless, also served on the Gwinnett Tech Board of Directors for three years before his current role as a Gwinnett Tech Foundation trustee. Known for his dedication and compassion for students, he was nominated to co-chair Gwinnett Tech's Legacy of Lives campaign, helping raise over $7.1 million to date. His strong leadership efforts secured the opening of the college's new 78,000-square-foot Life Sciences Center. McGean personally recruited and managed the campaign cabinet members and their efforts, hosted numerous fundraising events, and recruited and trained volunteers to help in donor solicitation.
"Jim McGean is the model volunteer we wish we could clone," says Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Tech. "He is always the first one to raise his hand to help in any way needed, bringing his brilliant, contagious work ethic and enthusiasm to every task he undertakes."
McGean reflects the spirit of philanthropy and has dedicated many hours to the Foundation's mission to support the success of Gwinnett Tech and its students.
"I am truly inspired by the Gwinnett Tech students' work ethic and dedication to develop themselves. Many of these students have overcome great odds to improve and make a better life for their families. This energizes me to support Gwinnett Tech and its mission, first as a board member, and now as co-chair of the Legacy of Lives campaign," says McGean.
"Through Legacy of Lives, I believe that Gwinnett Tech's health and life sciences programs and new state-of-the-art Life Sciences Center will be integral to both economic development and to the training of thousands of qualified medical professionals, to meet the future healthcare needs across our entire Metro Atlanta region," he adds.
Looking to the future, McGean is focused on community workforce needs and is assisting the college in strategic planning for a new North Fulton campus.
McGean and other TCFA honorees were recognized during the association's annual awards dinner, which was held in Savannah on September 25.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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