Vice President, Academic Affairs
Rebecca Alexander leads the planning, implementation, and coordination of the 140+ academic programs at the College. She provides support to faculty and ensures curricula reflect the mission of Gwinnett Tech, preparing students for successful careers.
Prior to joining Gwinnett Tech in 2007, Alexander worked in the Career Management Center at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and taught courses in composition, literature, and developmental studies at the University of North Alabama.
During her tenure at Gwinnett Tech, Alexander has served as an instructor, program director, and dean of education. Alexander earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Alabama and a Master of Arts from the University of Mississippi. She is also a 2015 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett.
Vice President, Human Resources
LaShanta’ Cox leads all Human Resources services for Gwinnett Technical College. Cox is responsible for the planning and implementation in acquiring and developing talent, training, and development of faculty and staff, optimizing human resources operations and providing guidance and support to faculty and staff that includes adherence to best practices for employee relations.
Prior to joining Gwinnett Tech in 2010, Cox worked in Human Resources at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
During her tenure at Gwinnett Tech, Cox has served as Assistant Director of Human Resources and Director of Human Resources. Cox earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources from Southern Illinois University and a Master in Organizational Leadership from Walden University.
Vice President, Economic Development
Melvin Everson leads the College’s economic programming with a plethora of workforce development programs focused on training and education to grow businesses. He oversees continuing education, career services, and the Launch Pointe Center for Career Experience.
Everson brings more than 30 years of leadership and economic development in both the public and private sectors.
Everson mostly recently served as the College’s Director of Business and Industry Training. Prior to joining the College, he served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and Executive Director of the Georgia Commission of Equal Opportunity. Everson also served as a Georgia State Representative for House District 106, on the Snellville City Council, and in the United States Army. Everson holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Albany State University.
Vice President, Technology and Operations
Galen Martin leads the College’s technology and operations division for two campuses, providing guidance for overall operations across more than 500,000 sq. feet of classrooms, labs, administrative space, and more than 100 acres of grounds. Additionally, his responsibility also covers the College’s safety and security programs (including crisis response) and technology initiatives.
Martin currently serves on the Sugarloaf Livable Centers Initiative and Gwinnett County Transportation Committee.
Since joining Gwinnett Tech in 2006, Martin has worked with College executives, faculty and staff in his information technology roles, including Information Technology director. Martin earned a Bachelor of Arts from Piedmont College and a Master of Business Administration from Shorter College. He is also a 2014 graduate of Glance Gwinnett, a leadership development program of the Gwinnett Chamber.
Vice President, Administrative Services
Sonya McDaniel is vice president at Gwinnett Technical College. In this role, she serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the college and Gwinnett Tech Foundation. She provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction for institution-wide financial planning and fiscal operations.
McDaniel joined Gwinnett Tech in 2016 as the Executive Director of Accounting and, in April 2017, was named Vice President, Administrative Services.
McDaniel’s leadership extends to numerous committees and boards, including the 2023 Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Senior Leadership Academy, the Executive Committee for the Technical College System of Georgia Vice Presidents of Administration Peer Group, and the 2018 Committee Chair for the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) Committee.
Prior to joining Gwinnett Tech, McDaniel worked for the Technical College System of Georgia as a Senior Accountant. McDaniel earned a Master of Professional Accountancy from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Dr. Kohle Paul
Vice President, Student Affairs
Kohle Paul, Ed. D. leads all College student services including enrollment management, admissions, financial aid, registrar, advisement, assessment, customer care, special populations, graduation, disability services, Military & Veteran Student Support, student life, Workforce Innovation, and Opportunity Act, and retention.
Prior to joining Gwinnett Technical College, Dr. Paul previously served as Vice President of Student Affairs for Georgia Piedmont Technical College. He brings more than 13 years of higher education and experience in his field to the College’s leadership team. Dr. Paul holds a Doctorate of Education from Valdosta State and a Master of Science in Psychology from Valdosta State University.
Vice President, Adult Education
Stephanie Rooks leads the Adult Education division for the College, which includes English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED. Rooks is responsible for 17 English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED preparation locations in Gwinnett and North Fulton counties which serves approximately 4,500 students each year.
Since joining Gwinnett Tech in 2001, Rooks has worked in Gwinnett Tech’s Adult Education division as an instructor and lead instructor of Adult Basic Education and in 2012, she was named Dean of Adult Education.
Rooks holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences from Oglethorpe University and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Brenau University. She serves as Gwinnett Tech’s representative for the Atlanta Regional Workforce Development and Fulton County Workforce Development boards.