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February 16, 2007

Gwinnett Tech Expands Development Team
Goodpasture, Perkins bring technical college experience to new roles


Gwinnett Technical College has added two seasoned professionals to its business development and institutional advancement team.

Dona Lyn Goodpasture, grants and alumni coordinator, and Cris Perkins, director of institutional advancement, will work to bolster the connection between the college, the community and with existing and potential business partners to ensure long-lasting success of the college and its students.

Goodpasture previously worked for the American Red Cross in Monroe as health and preparedness director and in Thomasville as executive director. She also brings to her role prior experience from the technical college system from previous employment with Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville. Goodpasture earned a bachelor’s of arts in speech communication and master’s of adult education from the University of Georgia. Goodpasture is married and has two children.

Cris Perkins also brings technical college know-how from his most recent employment as director of institutional advancement with Athens Technical College. Previously, Perkins was director of media and public relations for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and assistant director of athletic media relations at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He earned a bachelor’s of arts in journalism from Nicholls State University. Perkins and his family have moved closer to Atlanta since his wife Sharon’s appointment as head softball coach at Georgia Tech. The couple has two children.

In addition to serving as the college’s business liaison, Gwinnett Tech’s institutional development office also oversees the College’s Foundation, which has been instrumental in major college projects, including raising funds for the college’s Busbee Center and for the newly developed D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Childhood Education Center at Gwinnett Tech.

The additional members of Gwinnett Tech’s development office include Mary Beth Byerly, executive director, institutional advancement; Lorri Christopher, director of institutional advancement; Eugenia McQueen, fiscal analyst; and Sheila Brookshaw, administrative assistant.

For more information on the office of institutional advancement at Gwinnett Tech, call 678-226-6738, or learn more about Gwinnett Tech at

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About Gwinnett Tech
Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. 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 call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit

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