Two North Georgia administrators chosen for annual Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who ListMay 27 | Posted by editor | Lumpkin, News Tags: North Georgia College & State University
Dahlonega, GA – Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of North Georgia College & State University, and Richard Oates, associate vice president for academic affairs and interim dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business, have been named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as two of the top 100 leaders in education in the greater Atlanta area.
Taking office in July of 2011, Jacobs has continued the mission of the university to develop and educate leaders. With a focus on cultivating scholarship funds to ensure students are able to pursue their educational goals, Jacobs has also brought great momentum and progress to North Georgia’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, Living Our Values: The Campaign for North Georgia, which has already raised about $36 million toward the $40 million goal.
Jacobs is the president designate for the University of North Georgia, the university being formed through the consolidation of North Georgia and Gainesville State College. The consolidation is planned to be effective in January 2013.
Oates recently oversaw the reaffirmation of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for the Mike Cottrell School of Business. This distinction is currently held by less than five percent of business schools worldwide. Oates was also involved in an effort to secure a $1 million gift from BB&T that will be used over the next five years to create and fund the Center of Excellence in Ethical Business Leadership in the Mike Cottrell School of Business.
“It’s an honor to be selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle staff for inclusion in their Who’s Who listing,” Oates said. “The Atlanta Business Chronicle has a long history of recognizing individuals from a wide range of professions in the greater Atlanta community. To be considered one of the top 100 educators in the greater Atlanta area is humbling.”