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Georgia Tech administrator Mike Shannon selected as president of University of North Georgia

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A high-ranking Georgia Tech administrator will become the next president of the University of North Georgia beginning July 1.

The Board of Regents voted Thursday to name Mike Shannon as president of the 18,000-student university, which is based in Dahlonega and has campuses in Gainesville, Cumming, Blue Ridge and Watkinsville.

Shannon had been named the sole finalist last month.

Shannon is currently the interim executive vice president for administration and finance at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He’s a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. That’s an asset at North Georgia, where the Dahlonega campus hosts one of six senior military colleges nationwide.

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Georgia Tech administrator appointed as incoming president of University of North Georgia, effective July 1st.

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Current North Georgia President Bonita Jacobs, who has led the school since 2011, is retiring in June.

Shannon started work at Georgia Tech in 2016 after a two decade-career in the Army that included 10 years as an expert in nuclear technology issues. He was a research engineer in Georgia Tech’s Advanced Concepts Laboratory and led the campus response to COVID-19. Shannon was vice president and deputy chief business officer before moving into his current role.

Shannon was also an instructor and assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Shannon earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a master’s in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. He also earned a master’s in health physics and a doctorate in nuclear and radiological engineering from Georgia Tech.

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