Press Release

Atlanta Technical College President Named

A Woman of Influence

Atlanta, GA – February 23, 2012 - Atlanta Technical College President Alvetta Peterman Thomas was named a Woman of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. Thomas was recognized for her strong leadership role in higher education and for exemplifying many of the attributes that make Atlanta a global leader in business and industry. She and other notable women from the Atlanta area were presented as 100 Women of Influence at the Atlanta Business League Women of Vision Breakfast on February 21.  In addition to Thomas, the other honorees include: Evelyn Wynn Dixon, Mayor of Riverdale; Sylvia Russell, President of AT&T Georgia; Rhonda Mims, President of the ING Foundation; and Terri Denison, District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Thomas, the only African American female college president in the Technical College System of Georgia, was recognized for her efforts to develop the next generation of leaders by encouraging mentorship, and for her work in increasing the number of highly qualified, work-ready graduates in Georgia. Under her leadership, Atlanta Technical College has reached new heights, opening a $14.8 million allied health and technology complex, and expanding program offerings to include Bioscience, registered nursing, physical therapist assistant, surgical technology, dental hygiene and radiologic technology. She is also credited with developing the Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males, a revolutionary program designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of African American males.