While volunteerism does not often receive much in the way of public thanks or appreciation, each year the Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia (TCFA) recognizes a local area volunteer – and this year the award goes to a member of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation Board of Trustees for his service to Gwinnett Tech. Dan King was recognized as the State’s Volunteer of the Year at the TCFA’s annual awards dinner in October. The award is presented to individuals and groups nominated by Georgia’s 22 technical colleges where they serve as volunteers and/or benefactors through the colleges’ foundations.
King, a retired partner from King & Spalding, is an active participant in Gwinnett County, serving on boards, volunteering his time and energy, and contributing to many of its worthwhile causes. The winner of the same award for Gwinnett Technical College, King was introduced by Gwinnett Tech Board Chair Mike Price of Nidec Elesys Americas Corporation.
“This year’s honoree has always put the care of students, faculty and staff at the forefront of his efforts,” said Price when announcing the college’s award recipient. “He is a results driven problem solver who persists until he finds a way forward. He has been actively involved with fundraising, advocacy, and the recruitment of new trustees. When he commits to do something, he does his absolute best to make it happen.”
King has worked with fellow trustees and college leaders to raise more than $14 million during his five years of service to the Gwinnett Tech Foundation. Himself a major donor, he and the King Family are members of the Gwinnett Tech Centurion Giving Society. King has devoted hundreds of hours to the college and its initiatives, and is now an integral part of the college’s new campus in Alpharetta-North Fulton.
“The example Dan has set is what we need for the future in the advancement of technical education and for our college,” said Vice President, Institutional Advancement Mary Beth Byerly. “I have been honored to get to know him and am very thankful for his dedication and commitment to Gwinnett Technical College and to technical education.”
Gwinnett Technical College offers more than 150 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
December 10, 2015