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Jacobs, Gowan land on Atlanta Business Chronicle's Who's Who in Education list

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Dr. Bonita Jacobs, UNG president, and Dr. Mary Gowan, dean of UNG's Mike Cottrell College of Business, were named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Who's Who in Education, a list of 100 education figures in metro Atlanta.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of the University of North Georgia (UNG), and Dr. Mary Gowan, dean of UNG's Mike Cottrell College of Business (MCCB), have been named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Who's Who in Education, a list of 100 education figures in metro Atlanta.

Through Jacobs' leadership, UNG has been named a top producer of Fulbright students for three years in a row and scored a decisive win in the NSA Codebreaker Challenge. UNG won the General Douglas MacArthur Award in the fall as the nation's top senior military college. In recent years, UNG has been recognized by numerous national publications, including Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger, as one of the nation's leading universities for academic excellence, student success and affordability.

Since she became dean of the MCCB in February 2019, Gowan has been involved in helping to plan and design the Cottrell Center for Business, Technology and Innovation. The new facility will serve the business and computer science programs at UNG, and it is set to open in 2022. The MCCB serves more than 4,300 of UNG's nearly 20,000 students with an array of undergraduate and graduate programs across four of UNG's five campuses.

Three UNG alumni also were included on the Atlanta Business Chronicle list: Dr. Brian Hightower, superintendent of the Cherokee County School District; Dr. Tavarez Holston, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College; and Dr. Jeremy Williams, superintendent of the Gainesville City School System.

"The leaders of these institutions and systems make it possible for Atlanta area residents to grow their professional knowledge and understanding and to develop new skills and talents that help foster leadership in their businesses and their communities," according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle article that announced the list.

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