Glen Cannon, president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City for the last three years, is headed to Gwinnett Technical College in Atlanta to become its next president effective Sept. 1.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the faculty and staff, and I think we’ve accomplished a lot in the little over three years I’ve been there,” Cannon said Monday.
Arriving at the Phenix City college in July 2011, Cannon said he’s “most proud” of the school being reaffirmed recently for its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. It was a three-year process.
He also said CVCC regaining its national nursing accreditation was a high point, as well as working to push enrollment at the 2602 College Drive school higher after years of no growth.
“This fall will be our ninth consecutive enrollment increase after 11 semesters of enrollment decline,” Cannon said. “We’re going to have a large fall. We should hit the 2,000 mark, which it has probably been eight years since that number has been hit.”
When he took the job three years ago, there were about 1,700 area residents studying at the two-year college, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.
Cannon will take charge of Gwinnett Technical College, which had an enrollment of nearly 7,200 students in the fall of 2013, according to its website. The school is located off Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville, Ga., a northeast suburb of Atlanta.
Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson made the decision to hire Cannon. The job had been open since the retirement of Sharon Bartels in May.
Jackson, in a release, said he has known Cannon for many years. He came to CVCC from DeKalb Technical College (now called Georgia Piedmont Technical College), where he was vice president of administrative services. Overall, he has worked 22 years in Georgia’s technical colleges, often serving as chief financial officer. That included stints in Clarkston, Macon, Moultrie and Waco.
“He’s a talented administrator and dedicated educator who wants to help his students discover their potential and find success in the work force,” Jackson said.
The search for Cannon’s replacement at Chattahoochee Valley Community College will begin once he leaves the school, with an interim president being named prior to his departure, said E.J. Cooper-Starks, assistant director of communications with the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.
“We open it up to anybody that is qualified for the post. They are generally nationwide searches, all of them,” Cooper-Starks said.
Department Chancellor Mark Heinrich will be the one making the hire, she said, recommending Cannon’s successor for approval by the Alabama State Board of Education. No timeline for having the seat filled has been set, she said.
Heinrich oversees a system that includes 21 community colleges and four technical colleges, serving more than 88,000 students.