NCMPR Names President Tricoli Pacesetter of the Year

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Georgia Perimeter College President Anthony Tricoli Named Pacesetter of the Year

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations has named Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli, president of Georgia Perimeter College, Pacesetter of the Year for the organization’s southeastern district, which covers 11 states and the Bahamas and Bermuda.

“The nominations for this year’s Pacesetter were extremely strong, but Dr. Tricoli truly stood out,” said Terri Giltner, director of NCMPR’s District 2 and director of marketing and communications for Kentucky Community and Technical College System. “His passion for higher education and for the role of two-year colleges is unmistakable. He has demonstrated visionary leadership and is engaged on local, state, regional and national levels.”

The Pacesetter Award recognizes a college president for leadership and exemplary work in advancing his or her institution, the role of community colleges and the value of higher education. Tricoli received his award during the NCMPR district conference Oct. 16-19 in Atlanta.
Georgia Perimeter College is a University System of Georgia two-year college with more than 26,000 students on four campuses and one center in and near metro Atlanta. Among strides made under Tricoli’s leadership are creation of Transfer Admission Guarantees with more than 40 four-year institutions, establishment of the state university system’s largest online program and a continued, record-setting enrollment growth.
GPC also expanded student service-learning initiatives, opening its Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning in 2010, an event that featured former President Jimmy Carter. It has strengthened attention to sustainability education, prompting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to choose GPC as the nation’s “flagship” for sustainability education in community colleges.

This year, Tricoli’s management practices won him the American Association of University Professors’ prestigious Ralph S. Brown Award for Shared Governance. The president also has worked to engage the community and raise the image of two-year institutions, serving on national boards, such as the Presidents’ Trust, a select leadership group under the Association of American Colleges & Universities.
In accepting his Pacesetter Award Tuesday night, Tricoli told NCMPR members he shares their enthusiasm for spreading the word about community and technical colleges.

“How could we not have a passion for communicating the value of two-year colleges, when we see and hear the success stories every day – stories from students who were the first in their family to go to college, students who needed or wanted small classes and personal attention, students seeking a career change and students who could not afford the time or money required to go to a four-year institution,” Tricoli said. “These students are turning to community colleges, and we are delivering. We are helping them build a strong academic foundation, helping them find their career calling, helping them identify their value to the community, helping them recognize their self-worth and preparing them for their next steps in life.”
In addition to the Pacesetter Award, GPC’s Office of Marketing and Public Relations received eight NCMPR awards during the conference, five of them first-place “gold” awards.

NCMPR is a professional organization of marketing and public relations professionals at more than 650 community and technical colleges and is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 26,000 students through four campuses and one center in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit