Press Release

Atlanta Business League Presents Atlanta Tech President with
League Leadership Award

Atlanta Technical College president Alvetta Peterman Thomas was awarded the “League Leadership Award” at the Atlanta Business League’s (ABL) 34th Annual CEO Appreciation Luncheon, May 8 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The League Leadership Award is the ultimate badge of honor for an Atlanta Business League member. This award recognizes the ABL volunteer who continuously makes significant contributions to the mission and goals of the League.  Previous honorees include: Ingrid Saunders Jones, The Coca-Cola Company; Tad Hutcheson, Delta Airlines; and Erica Qualls, Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Thomas Dortch, board chair, ABL; John Deushane, general manager, WXIA Channel 11; Dr, Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president, Atlanta Technical College; Leona Barr-Davenport, president, ABL.

Thomas is a veteran educator with more than twenty years of experience in secondary and post-secondary education. She is the only African-American woman currently leading a technical college in Georgia and is the fifth president in the history of Atlanta Technical College.

Under Thomas’ leadership, Atlanta Technical College has garnered the reputation as one of the nation’s premiere post-secondary institutions.  Enrollment at the college has soared to nearly 5,000 students per semester and despite the economic downtown, the career placement rate has remained above 98 percent.  The college recently opened the Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health & Technology Complex. The two-story facility cost more than $14.8 million and spans more than 70,000 square feet.  The complex features state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms outfitted with smart technology, cutting-edge medical simulators. The Brenda Watts Jones Complex houses nearly a dozen health-related programs including dental hygiene, radiologic technology, physical therapist assisting, practical nursing, hemodialysis, patient care assisting and registered nursing, as well as a community dental hygiene clinic.

Atlanta Technical College provides opportunities for education and career preparation in more than 100 programs of study in the areas of business and public service technologies, health and public safety technologies and industrial and transportation technologies. The college provides an exceptional education to a diverse group of students, younger and older people, high school and college graduates, persons with special needs, and persons with varied backgrounds, training requirements, and interests. There are more than 60 countries represented on campus and all students are encouraged to be engaged in the social and academic life of the college and their community.

In addition to recognizing Dr. Thomas, the ABL also honored Daniel P. Amos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aflac (CEO of the Year); Karen Duckett, president of Duckett Design Group, Inc. (Entrepreneur of the Year Award); Ed Baker, Publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle (Visions of Excellence Award); and Rev. C.T. Vivian, Vice President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Distinguished Service Award).

Ed Baker, publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle; Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president, Atlanta Technical College; Karen Duckett, president, Duckett Design Group, Inc.; and Rev. C.T. Vivian, Vice President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The ABL serves as a leading organization for minority business development and advocacy in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Each year the ABL recognizes local chief executive officers (CEOs) for outstanding participation in minority vendor development and community activities.

Each year ABL members nominate leaders in the city for the various awards and a selection committee reviews the nominations and makes a final decision based on the best qualifications for the award descriptions.

The Atlanta Business League is the South's oldest and most influential minority business development and advocacy organization. Formed in 1933, the Atlanta Business League seeks to provide economic empowerment and business development opportunities for minorities throughout the metro Atlanta community with specific emphasis on the development of African-American businesses.