Gwinnett Technical College

Gwinnett Technical College recently announced the promotions of LaShanta’ Cox, Melvin Everson and Chuck McKinnon to vice president. Each new executive has a proven track record of excellence in their fields and adds decades of experience to the College’s leadership team.

Dr. D. Glen Cannon, president, states “With our recent retirements it is always great to be able to promote exceptional talent from within. I am pleased to announce the addition of these seasoned professionals to our leadership team. Their backgrounds, industry experience and institutional knowledge will continue to lead the College in growing and serving our community and business partners.”

LaShanta’ Cox, Vice President, Human Resources, previously served as the Executive Director of Human Resources for the College. Cox leads all Human Resources services for Gwinnett Technical College and oversees the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center. Cox is responsible for the planning and implementation in acquiring and developing talent, training and development of faculty and staff, optimizing human resources operations and providing guidance and support to faculty and staff that includes adherence to best practices for employee relations.


Melvin Everson, Vice President, Economic Development, previously served as the College’s Director of Business and Industry Training. Everson leads the College’s economic programming with a myriad of workforce development programs focused on training and education to grow businesses. In addition to economic development, he oversees continuing education, career services and the College’s Center for Career Experience, Launch Pointe. Everson brings more than 30 years of leadership and economic development in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining the College, he served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and Executive Director of the Georgia Commission of Equal Opportunity. Everson also served as a Georgia State Representative for House District 106, on the Snellville City Council and in the United States Army.


Chuck McKinnon, Vice President, Communications, previously served as the Executive Director of Communications for the College. McKinnon leads the Institutional Advancement division, which includes the Gwinnett Tech Foundation and communications. McKinnon is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of Gwinnett Tech’s marketing and branding strategies, communications, and public relations activities. McKinnon brings more than 15 years of leadership and marketing experience in corporate marketing departments, where he led the development of innovative and targeted messaging campaigns.


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