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Finalist Named for Gordon State College Presidency

Atlanta — February 5, 2018

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Board of Regents Chairman Jim Hull and Chancellor Steve Wrigley announced today that the Board of Regents named Dr. Kirk Nooks as the sole finalist for the position of president of Gordon State College in Barnesville.

Nooks is currently president at Metropolitan Community College (MCC)-Longview in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

“Dr. Nooks’ experience in higher education provides a strong foundation for Gordon State College to innovate, increase enrollment and strengthen relationships with the Barnesville community and region,” said Wrigley. “I want to thank and commend the Gordon State campus search committee for its efforts and the role it played in this search process. Gordon State College would greatly benefit from Dr. Nooks’ leadership.”

Prior to joining MCC-Longview, Nooks served as both campus dean and executive liaison for diversity at Georgia Highlands College. Nooks holds a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University, along with an MBA in marketing and a bachelor of science in industrial management from Mercer University. He is a graduate of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership and a member of the inaugural cohort of the American Council on Education’s Spectrum Leadership Institute.

“I’m honored to be considered for the role of president of Gordon State. I’m impressed with the students, faculty and staff I’ve met,” said Nooks. “I am excited about the opportunity to become a part of the Gordon State College community.” The Board of Regents will take action on the selection of the next president of Gordon State College at the board’s next meeting, scheduled for Feb. 13.

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