Ron Jackson, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, has appointed David H. Welden to serve as interim president of Gwinnett Technical College (GTC), following the May 1 retirement of GTC President Sharon Bartels. Welden is currently Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at GTC.
“David Welden is a long-standing member of the college’s senior leadership team, actively involved in helping manage college operations since 2005. He’s well-positioned to direct the college, continuing our strong commitment to student success and to improving the lives of our students, their families and the communities we serve,” said President Bartels.
Added Welden, “I’m honored to fulfill this role. Gwinnett Tech has a very experienced and strong leadership team, and we look forward to continued progress toward our strategic goals to benefit our students and the businesses we serve and support.”
As a member of the college’s senior leadership team, Welden has managed the operational areas of the college for nearly a decade, including accounting and budgeting, facilities, human resources, information technology, and the college’s D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center. Welden joined Gwinnett Tech in 2000 as faculty member, bringing that insight and experience to this role as well.
Welden was appointed to Governor Deal’s Higher Education Funding Study Commission in 2011 and also served on the board of directors for the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation. He is a graduate of the Technical College System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Academy and served as both president and vice president of the Vice Presidents of Administrative Services Council.
Within the community, Welden serves on the board of the Aurora Theatre, the Supervisory Committee for Peach State Federal Credit Union, and the Finance Committee of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation. He is a graduate of the Leadership Gwinnett Program.
Welden earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University, and is a CPA.
Now the state’s second largest technical college, Gwinnett Tech serves more than 20,000 students annually in college credit, adult education and continuing education courses. GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.