Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman has been named as the new president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Kaufman, who has been president of GGC since the institution’s founding in 2005, will step down from this role on June 30, 2013.
“President Kaufman was the right choice to lead Georgia Gwinnett College at its founding,” said Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia (USG). “Under his leadership, the College opened and has lived up to expectations at the state and local level to provide access and to create a new model for higher education in the 21st century. On behalf of the University System, all of us are proud of what has been accomplished in only seven years under his leadership. He will be missed, but we are excited his talents will continue to serve Gwinnett County and the State of Georgia.”
As part of the University System of Georgia, Georgia Gwinnett College opened its doors to 118 students on August 18, 2006, as the nation’s first four-year public college founded in the 21st century, and the first four-year public college established in Georgia in more than 100 years. It received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in record time, and established 12 degree programs with more than 40 concentrations.
Now in only its sixth academic year, GGC enrolls more than 9,000 students and is succeeding in a number of success measures, debuting in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 College Compass’ top 10 Southern public colleges at number six.
During Kaufman’s tenure, GGC built a library and learning center, a student center, a parking deck, three student residence halls, a laboratory building and recently broke ground on a $30 million, 91,000-sq. ft. Allied Health and Science building. It is in the final stages of construction on its intercollegiate athletics complex. With the acquisition of additional existing buildings adjacent to campus, the college’s total facilities measure well over one million square feet.
Information on the appointment of an interim president for GGC will be announced at a future date.