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February 15, 2005
Rigsby Receives Recognition for Community Service, Leadership
Chamber Honors Gwinnett Tech President at Annual Dinner
Sharon Rigsby, president of Gwinnett Technical College, was recently honored with a public service award from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce for her outstanding contributions to the community. Rigsby was one of only six recipients recognized for her public service at the annual event, held at the Gwinnett Center.
"The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's 57th annual meeting was a time of recognition of those who keep Gwinnett's future shining bright," said Jim Maran, president and CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
Rigsby is a well-known community leader and has served as a board member for a number of local organizations. As an active member in the Gwinnett Chamber, she has served as chair of the organization, as vice chair for economic development and vice chair for education, and is currently the Chamber’s vice chair for external affairs. Additionally, Rigsby is currently on the board of directors for the United Way of Gwinnett and served as the 2004 Chair for the “Gwinnett County” United Way campaign. She is also a member of the Gwinnett Rotary Club.
Rigsby joined Gwinnett Technical College in 1986 as the college’s director of marketing then served as executive director for institutional advancement before being named president of Gwinnett Tech in 1996. During her tenure as president, she has created the Gwinnett Tech Foundation which completed a major capital campaign that funded approximately one-third of the cost for the college’s George Busbee International Center for Workforce Development.
"Through the leadership and dedication of people like Sharon Rigsby [and the other award recipients], a community continues to be nurtured so that people from every race, culture, and creed now inhabit its boundaries. Entrepreneurs, small business owners and international corporations continue to flock to Gwinnett because of the character and values exemplified by these leaders," Maran said.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, serves more than 21,000 students annually to meet the workforce training needs of the region. 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 callÂ 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College.Â In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visitÂ www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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