ATLANTA—Georgia State University’s Perimeter College has named five new members to its Dean’s Advisory Board. A board vote approved this group of Georgia State alumni in May. The advisers are:
Jennifer Abbott (AS ’91 Teacher Education), director of external affairs and special projects, University of Georgia School of Social Work. Abbott grew up in Clarkston and credits her experience at DeKalb College (former name of Perimeter College) as the jump-start to her career.
Karen Head (AS ’96 English), executive director, associate chair, associate professor, editor, Georgia Tech School of Literature, Media, and Communication and executive director of the Communication Center. Head is the inaugural poet laureate for Waffle House. She places her associate degree on her curriculum vitae, recognizing it was the hardest of her many degrees to earn.
Christina Liao (MS ’94 ESL), managing director, US Region, SKIM. Liao is president of the National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA). NACA supports an endowed scholarship for Perimeter students in the health sciences pathways.
Victoria Prevatt (AS ’98), lead strategist, Good Works, LLC. Prevatt acknowledges her time at DeKalb College gave her life meaning and direction. A seasoned fundraising professional, she enjoys helping nonprofits solve problems.
Chantel Runnels (BS ’06 Biological Sciences, MBA ’13), quality manager, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Runnels leads a large team at the CDC and has been on the front lines of battling the coronavirus pandemic.
“These impressive alumni are bringing a depth of experience and connections to our Perimeter College advisory board,” said Victoria Dorsey, Perimeter College senior director of development. “Our current board members are excited to welcome these ladies onto the board.”
The new members’ two-year terms began July 1.
Chairing the board this year will be alumnus Brian Lovell (AS ’09 Mathematics/Biology, BS ’14 Biological Sciences). Lovell is president of the Association of Controls Professionals.