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.