GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON – Dr. D. Glen Cannon has officially returned as president of Gwinnett Technical College. Dr. Cannon had been serving since May as the interim president at Georgia Piedmont Technical College while the search for a permanent president was conducted by the Technical College System of Georgia. The State Board of the Technical College System appointed Dr. Taverez Holston, former Vice President at Lanier Technical College, to be the permanent president of Georgia Piedmont at its September 6th board meeting allowing Cannon to return immediately as the president of Gwinnett Tech.
Dr. Cannon stated, “I knew Gwinnett Tech would be in the excellent and more than capable hands of our great leadership team, and I want to thank David Welden for once again stepping in admirably as acting president during my stint at Georgia Piedmont. I look forward to getting back full-time to our great faculty, staff and now 9,000 strong student body so we can continue the great work at the college and our significant role in ensuring the socio-economic success of our Gwinnett and North Fulton communities.”
Gwinnett Tech has experienced record growth over the past several years and continues to set records for retention, graduation and job placement. Recent highlights include starting the first in the nation Mercedes-Benz authorized and sponsored automotive technician program, and with the assistance of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation, the start of Launch Pointe the College’s Center for Career Experiences. The College has more than 140+ associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech serves more than 21,000 students each year.
Prior to assuming the presidency at Gwinnett Tech, Dr. Cannon was president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, Alabama. Dr. Cannon has more than 30 years of experience in finance, operations, and leadership in higher education at Georgia technical colleges. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the West Georgia College (now University of West Georgia), a master’s of business administration from the Stetson School of Business (Mercer University), and a doctorate of education, specializing in occupational studies, from the University of Georgia. He also holds a Georgia C.P.A. license.