Burns named Gordon College president

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Former congressman Max Burns has been appointed president of Gordon College in Barnesville by the Board of Regents.

Burns, who served one term in the House from Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, replaces Lawrence Weill, who stepped down as Gordon’s president in 2010.  Shelley Nickel has been serving as interim president.

Burns was seen as a potential Republican candidate in the 12th District race next year, when Democratic Rep. John Barrow will be running for a fifth term.  His appointment as Gordon College president will take him out of that race.

“I appreciate the confidence in me that the board has shown by selecting me as president of Gordon College,” Burns said.

“Dr. Burns stood out from a strong field as the person with the right experience and expertise needed to lead Gordon College,” University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby said. “We have a strong and growing institution in Gordon College, and his selection as president promises great days are ahead for the college and its students.”

Burns has been dean of the Cottrell School of Business since 2008 at North Georgia College & State University.

He was elected to Congress in 2002, but lost to Barrow in both 2004 and 2006.  After leaving the House, he was a senior policy advisor at Thelen, Reid and Priest in Washington, D.C.

© 2011 by The Georgia Report

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