The Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia (UNG) has hired former BB&T regional president R. Perry Tomlinson as the university's first BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership Executive-in-Residence.
With more than 35 years in the banking industry, Tomlinson gained a reputation for excellence in the retail and commercial banking industry, and for leadership in the areas of change management, team building, coaching and strategy.
Recently retired from BB&T, Tomlinson served as the north Georgia regional president for the past 11 years. During his tenure, he directed all banking activities and corporate objectives to become the leader in deposit market share in 11 north Georgia counties, a $1.6 billion banking region for BB&T with 28 offices and nearly 300 associates. In addition, Tomlinson led a number of development and training sessions for BB&T, including sessions on their leadership culture.
"It is a great privilege to bring someone to this new position who has significant experience and is a well-respected leader," said Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business. "Perry has been a key member of the advisory board for the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership, and he will play a vital role in the center, teaching our students and regional businesses about the importance of ethics in today's business environment."
Tomlinson will assist the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership in teaching students of the Mike Cottrell College of Business and regional organizations about organizational culture, business ethics, leadership and change management.
"Having someone with Perry's credentials and experience brings a lot of additional momentum to our efforts," said Rose Procter, director of the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership. "With his assistance in the execution of our programming, our communities will receive an even higher level of quality."
Procter said Tomlinson will begin his new role immediately and she looks forward to working with him.
"I am thrilled to be part of this great university," Tomlinson said. "It is an honor to be chosen as the first person to fill this role, and my hope is that our work helps develop and promote high ethical standards and skills in the current and future business leaders of our region."