Sean Murphy, Board Chair

"Gwinnett Tech has come into its own and the school is stepping up and meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Bioscience education is happening in Gwinnett County, and it's at Gwinnett Tech. The school has a mission now to lead, not follow. And as an employer, I can tell you, I want to hire folks from Gwinnett Tech."

-Sean Murphy, Past Chair, Gwinnett Tech Foundation Board of Trustees

Donor Stories - Why I Give


Gwinnett Tech supporters come from many walks of life and backgrounds. Some were scholarship recipients themselves in their youth, and are committed to assisting today’s students who are striving to achieve their dreams. Gwinnett Tech Foundation donors not only invest their treasure in student success, but many are involved personally as mentors, classroom guest lecturers and serve on program advisory boards and other committees.

Honors & Awards

At the October 2018 State of the College Address, Dr. Cannon recognized the following individuals and groups for their dedication to supporting Gwinnett Tech and its students:

2018 Volunteer Of The Year: Kent Davies

Volunteer of the Year: Kent Davies

Kent is active on both of Gwinnett Tech’s campuses, attending graduation and other events each year, and invites C-level executives and political leaders to tour campus – he is very proud of the student success at Gwinnett Tech.

An avid, lifelong learner, Kent attends fundraising and grant workshops on behalf of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation, and consistently brings what he learns to campus to engage potential donors in supporting the College.

Kent has served as a member of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation Board of Trustees for three years, and has quickly become a leader of the team, engaging support for Gwinnett Tech’s newest campus in Alpharetta-North Fulton. As the President & CEO of the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce, and as Vice Chair of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation, he often hosts tours of regional leaders on campus, emphasizing the need for technical education and both private and public support of the College.

Gwinnett Tech and its students are successful because of dedicated and innovative leaders like Kent Davies, who have chosen to help Gwinnett Tech students. His great passion for student success shines in all he does.

2018 Benefactor of the Year: The Primerica Foundation

The Primerica Foundation

Corporate partnerships are essential to the success of Gwinnett Tech. Support from regional businesses, both financial and in-kind, create winning programs and ensure student success at Gwinnett Technical College. The Primerica Foundation has been an invaluable Gwinnett Tech partner for over twenty years, investing corporate funding and employee volunteerism.

Led by Karen Fine Saltiel, executive vice president and founding member of The Primerica Foundation, they have established a designated Scholarship Program, which assists approximately 20 students each year, with 132 scholarships awarded. Primerica has also contributed to the Developmental Studies Lab, Hudgens Center Tuition Assistance Fund, Adult Literacy Center, academic programming, and most recently to Launch Pointe. Additionally, the Primerica Foundation consistently provides internship and career opportunities to Gwinnett Tech students.

2018 Alumni of the Year: Travis Simpson

Travis Simpson, 2018 Alumni of the Year

Travis Simpson graduated from Gwinnett Technical College with a degree in sports and recreation management. Eleven years ago, after graduation, he joined the Gwinnett Tech team as a part-time employee and has been a full-time employee for the past four years.

Travis has given his time, talent and treasure to Gwinnett Technical College and has been instrumental in assisting the Gwinnett Tech Foundation with stewarding major donors to include The Marcus Foundation and The Scott Hudgens Family Foundation. He has also contributed financially to academic programs, scholarships and Gwinnett Tech’s Food for Thought program; and has implemented significant programs, events and tools that help serve our veterans effectively, to ensure student success including providing wrap-around services such as mentoring, counseling and support sessions for those needing extra help managing college and personal life challenges.

2018 Advisory Board of the Year: Commercial Construction Management

2018 Advisory Board of the Year: Commercial Construction Management

The Commercial Construction Advisory Board has worked diligently to ensure the program aligns with the mission of the College and is relevant to the industry. The board members offer industry advice on program curriculum, suggests modifications to course offerings, provide meaningful internship opportunities and serve as speakers on industry topics. Each member is actively engaged, many have hired Gwinnett Tech alumni and ensured students have the equipment, training and in-lab experience to be successful.

This year, this advisory board has been instrumental in supporting and providing direct involvement in the World of Construction project, a renovation project on the Lawrenceville campus, to ensure their commitment to our students by establishing connections with people and projects from public works to private enterprise for our students to experience.


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