Dr. Kirk Nooks, president of the Metropolitan Community College-Longview campus since July 2013, has been named president of Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia. He will start his new position June 1.
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents made the announcement Feb. 13.
MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty, in a message to employees, said Nooks “has served MCC and the MCC-Longview campus well for the past five years, bringing many innovations and advancements to fruition.” She cited the continued growth of the Missouri Innovation Campus, an early college collaboration with Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and the University of Central Missouri, as an example.
“Serving as the president of MCC-Longview has been one of the highlights of my career,” Nooks said in an email to the campus community. “We accomplished a great deal together and will continue to do so over our remaining months together.”
He noted that the new position will return him to Georgia, where several family members live. “The opportunity to return home and serve the Central Georgia region is quite an honor,” he said. “This is the same area I traveled quite often during my undergraduate years, going back and forth between Atlanta and Macon” (home of Mercer University, where he earned a bachelor’s in industrial management and an MBA in marketing).
Nooks, an engineer by training, also holds a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
“The selection of Dr. Nooks as president of Gordon State underscores the board’s commitment in providing the college with strong leadership,” said Jim Hull, chairman of the USG Board of Regents. “Dr. Nooks’ over 20 years of experience in education, business and engineering will serve the college well.”
“I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Nooks back to the University System of Georgia as president of Gordon State College,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “His past experiences in higher education will be an asset in helping to increase Gordon State’s enrollment and provide a strong foundation for the college.”
Nooks began his tenure at MCC-Longview by establishing a presidential task force to explore the campus’ future and to identify opportunities. The approach involved establishing a model based on several initiatives focusing on people, policies, programs, practices and progress.
Prior to joining MCC, Nooks served as both campus dean and executive liaison for diversity at Georgia Highlands College. Under his leadership, the campus expanded academic and student services.