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Sharon J. Bartels
President
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Gwinnett Tech's president, Sharon J. Bartels, has a high profile not only in Gwinnett County, but throughout the state of Georgia as well. She has been named one of Georgia Trend's 100 most powerful and influential Georgians and Gwinnett Magazine's Woman of the year. In 2009, Bartels was honored by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce with the prestigious Citizen of the Year Award.

Bartels is responsible for leading one of Georgia's largest technical colleges as it serves 12,000 students per quarter through its credit, continuing education and adult education programs. She joined Gwinnett Tech's leadership team in 1986 as the school's director of marketing and was promoted to executive director for institutional advancement in 1990. She was named Gwinnett Tech's president in September 1996, after serving as interim president for six months.

Bartels created a vision that expanded the Gwinnett Tech campus from two buildings to nine buildings, with several off-site locations. The many accomplishments of Gwinnett Tech's president include creating and implementing a comprehensive marketing program to enhance Gwinnett Tech's image and community presence. In addition, Bartels played a vital role in gaining accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in record time, making Gwinnett Tech one of a handful of technical schools with this accreditation.

Another of Bartels' achievements is the creation of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation. The Foundation's first capital campaign funded approximately one-third of the cost for the George Busbee International Center for Workforce Development. The Busbee Center, a 70,000-square-foot advanced technology center with a 350-seat interactive auditorium and an array of computer labs and training options, opened in the fall of 2003.

In July 2006, Gwinnett Tech celebrated the opening of the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr., Early Education Center, the college's latest live learning lab. The $7 million state-of-the-art facility serves as an interactive classroom and observation site for students enrolled in the college's Early Childhood Care and Education program and provides the community with child care and preschool instruction. The Center, already recognized for best practices by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, is supported by the donations and contributions of over 50 area businesses and corporations who share Gwinnett Tech's commitment to education – for all ages.

In Fall 2009, Gwinnett Tech broke ground on its new Life Sciences Center, a 78,000-square-foot facility dedicated to the education and training of the region's life science and healthcare professionals. The Center, the focal point of GTC's Legacy of Lives campaign, opened for fall semester classes in August 2011 and will serve 3,000 annually. Gwinnett Tech, which serves the highest number of health science students in the state, now has more than 140,000-square-feet of classroom, lab and interactive learning space dedicated to health science education and offers more than a dozen bioscience and healthcare programs.

Bartels is also an active leader within the community. She served as the co-chair of the Gwinnett Chamber's Partnership Gwinnett Initiative and was recognized by the Chamber with their Public Service Award in 2004. She served as chairman of the board for the Chamber for 2001 and has also served as vice chair for the Chamber's economic development, education and regional issues committees. She is currently a member of the Chamber executive committee.

A long-time member of the Gwinnett Rotary Club, Bartels also served on the board of directors for the United Way of Gwinnett and chaired their 2004 campaign. In 2008, Bartels was named a Gwinnett United Way Women's Legacy Award winner, honored in the legacy category. She has also served on the board of the Emory Board of Visitors and two state-wide Early Learning Commissions.

She is also currently a board member of the Higher Education Research & Development Institute, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, Georgia Gwinnett College, and the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

A 1992 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett, Bartels is a 1998 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute. Bartels earned her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Georgia. She is a member of Roswell United Methodist Church.

Dr. Victoria Seals
Vice President, Academic Affairs
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Dr. Victoria Seals, vice president of Academic Affairs, joined Gwinnett Technical College in September 2005 as an instructor for mathematics.

She served as division director for Arts and Sciences from January 2007 until March 2008. From March 2008 through May 2011, Dr. Seals served as the Dean of Academic Affairs. In addition to leading the growth of the Arts and Sciences Division, Dr. Seals helped guide GTC's faculty and staff development program, as well as several student retention initiatives. In September 2010, Dr. Seals stepped in as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and was officially named to the position in May 2011. She led the faculty and the academic division through a transition period and continues to spearhead academic development for the Life Sciences Center as well as new program development for the college.

Dr. Seals began her teaching career in Athens, Ga. She was employed by Athens-Clarke County Public Schools for two years and Athens Technical College for six years. During her time in Athens, Dr. Seals also served as an assistant basketball coach for the Clarke Central High School girls' basketball program and as a tutor/proctor for the University of Georgia Athletic Department.

Dr. Seals attended Spelman College where she was awarded a B.S. in mathematics, and the University of Georgia where she was awarded an M.A. in mathematics, an Ed.S. in mathematics education, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership.

Dr. Seals resides in Lawrenceville, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and watching sports. She supports several charities, but her favorites are Relay for Life, the United Negro College Fund, and the United Way.
David E. McCulloch
Vice President, Economic Development

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With over 20 years experience in higher education administration, David McCulloch has dedicated most of his professional life to serving students and supporting them in achieving their educational goals and career aspirations. He sees education as the most important contributor to professional success and personal enrichment.

McCulloch serves as vice president of Economic Development for Gwinnett Technical College, one of the largest colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia. McCulloch came to Gwinnett Tech in 2003, after serving in college administration for over 16 years at National-Louis University and the University of Chicago. At Gwinnett Tech, he oversees the college's economic development and recruitment and marketing efforts, including continuing education, student recruitment, campus communications and marketing services, career counseling and job placement services. He has also served as vice president of student services and interim vice president of academic affairs at the college.

McCulloch is a graduate of Creighton University (BA degree) and the John Marshall Law School (Juris Doctor). He is also a graduate of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Gwinnett Program, Class of 2005. McCulloch has represented Gwinnett Tech as a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission Workforce Board, and is currently a member of the Educational Action Committee at the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the advisory board for the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute and on the executive board for the Foster Children's Foundation of Gwinnett County.

David H. Welden
Executive Vice President,
Finance & Administrative Services

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David Welden serves as executive vice president, Finance and Administrative Services, for Gwinnett Technical College. He is a CPA, and has a BBA and MBA in accounting from Georgia State University. Welden has over 20 years of experience in public, private and governmental accounting.

Welden began teaching at Gwinnett Technical College as an adjunct instructor in 1991.
He became a full-time faculty member in 2000. He has been in his current administrative position since March 2005, and continues to teach for the college as an adjunct instructor.

He serves on the board of the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation, and is currently vice-chair of the Technical College System of Georgia's VPAS Executive Committee and GAAP Committee. He is also currently attending the system's Executive Leadership Academy.
Julie Post
Vice President, Student Services

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Julie Post has a rich background in education including secondary, post-secondary, and administration. She has been in administration at Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) since 2005. She currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs, managing all aspects of student services at the college.

Prior to this post, Julie served as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, directly supporting the president with college-wide planning, research, organizational support, process improvement, and overall evaluation and assessment. Additional departments managed by Julie include: Special Populations, Disability Services, Veteran's Affairs, and IT Banner Services. In 2009, she created and launched the new Customer Care Center on campus and still oversees its operations.

Julie has presented at past SACS COC and SACCR conferences on Program Review. She serves as GTC's COC Accreditation Liaison and is the President of the Technical College System of Georgia's (TCSG) Institutional Effectiveness peer group.

The foundation of her educational experiences are built on seven years of teaching in secondary institutions, two years of post-secondary adjunct instruction, a bachelor of science degree in business education and a master's degree in the art of teaching. Following nomination and acceptance into a year-long state Executive Leadership Academy experience with the TCSG, Julie began pursuing her doctorate degree in workforce education in 2009. Her anticipated graduation date is May2013. Julie has been a member of SACCR since 2006 and thoroughly enjoys the professional growth and networking opportunities the organization provides.

Mary Beth Byerly
Vice President of Institutional Advancement and
Executive Director, Gwinnett Tech Foundation

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Now the vice president of Institutional Advancement, Mary Beth Byerly joined Gwinnett Technical College in August 2000 after twelve years with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. where she served in several capacities.

Since joining the team at Gwinnett Tech, Byerly has had major roles in the development of the George Busbee International Center for Workforce Development, the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center and the latest addition to the Gwinnett Tech campus, the Life Sciences Center.

As executive director of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation, Byerly also oversees the activities of the foundation, including all resource development initiatives, scholarships, and alumni activities.

Byerly graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in business administration. She and her husband, Tim, live in Suwanee with their two children. Byerly is a graduate of the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2002 and is involved in various nonprofit organizations .She was most recently featured in Gwinnett Magazine's People to Know 2011.

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