BOE honors Maran with Public Service Award

BOE honors Maran with Public Service Award

At its January 2013 meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education recognized Jim Maran, president and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce from 2003 through 2012, with its "Public Service Award." This award recognizes individuals who have exhibited outstanding involvement in and support of public education in Gwinnett County. During the presentation, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks and members of the School Board thanked Mr. Maran for his steadfast support of public education and Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Superintendent Wilbanks shared that almost from the day Mr. Maran took office, he exhibited an interest in the school districts in Gwinnett County, as well as the postsecondary institutions. The superintendent applauded Mr. Maran for understanding that economic development in any community is inextricably tied to the quality of the educational opportunities available to its citizens.

Examples of Mr. Maran's support of public education during his nine years at the Gwinnett Chamber include his involvement in the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team and the Teachers as Leaders Program. Under his leadership, the Chamber also partnered with GCPS to launch the highly successful and popular Principal for a Day program, which pairs a business or civic leader with every principal in the school district for a day during American Education Week. Additionally, he served on the committee that helped develop plans for the district's first charter school, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

As part of the recognition, it was announced that the Gwinnett County Board of Education and the Board of Directors of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to establish a scholarship in Mr. Maran's name. Acknowledging two areas of special importance to this outstanding leader, The Jim Maran Scholarship will be awarded to a student who intends to pursue a career either in international business or in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Contributions are being accepted now to build the fund for the scholarship, and the criteria for awarding the scholarship are being formulated, with the goal of awarding the first Jim Maran Scholarship to a graduate of the Class of 2013. Information on how to contribute to the scholarship fund will be available on the Chamber's website and on the GCPS Foundation's website in the near future.

Members of the Gwinnett County
Board of Education and the
Chamber Board of Directors
congratulate Jim Maran
(center of group)
on his recognition as
Gwinnett County Public Schools'
"Public Service Award" winner.
As part of this honor,
the school system and chamber
are establishing a scholarship
in Mr. Maran's name.