Public Notice

The Rowen Foundation Announces New Board Members from UGA, Georgia Tech and Georgia Gwinnett College, Shares Details on “State of Rowen” Event


 The Rowen Foundation has announced the addition of Georgia Gwinnett College President Dr. Jann L. Joseph, University of Georgia Provost Dr. S. Jack Hu, and Georgia Institute of Technology Vice President of Institute Relations Bert Reeves to its board of directors, and shared details for the first “State of Rowen” event, which will provide an opportunity for discussion and an update on the status of the 2,000acre innovation community. 

Dr. Joseph has served as president of Georgia Gwinnett College since 2019. She came to GGC from the University of Indiana – South Bend where she served as executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Division of Student Engagement and Success and then as interim chancellor. She currently serves as chair of the University System of Georgia Council on General Education and currently serves on the boards of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education, Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Hispanic Chamber, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, Rainbow Village and The Water Tower at Gwinnett.  

As senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Georgia’s land grant university, Dr. Hu oversees instruction, research, public service and outreach, and information technology. Hu is also UGA Foundation Distinguished Professor of Engineering. Prior to his appointment at UGA in 2019, Hu was Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan, where he oversaw a research enterprise that generates annual expenditures exceeding $1.5 billion and spans the university’s campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint.  

Reeves served for seven years in the Georgia General Assembly. He provides leadership for the Institute’s strategic external relations, including government and community relations, economic development, and other external facing areas. An attorney by trade, Reeves earned his bachelor of science degree in management at Georgia Tech and a law degree from Stetson University.  

Joseph, Hu and Reeves join founding board members Sachin Shailendra and Sam Hinton on the board.  

Foundation leaders also announced plans to host the “State of Rowen” on Jan. 27 at Georgia Gwinnett College from 9-11 a.m.  Currently, in person attendance is by invitation only, but the event will be livestreamed, with viewing details posted to

Speakers expected to attend include Gwinnett County Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson, State USDA Director Arthur Tripp, leadership from PCOM, Ramp Marketing, Georgia FirstGen, Boehringer Ingelheim, The Jones Center at Ichauway, and AGCO. This inaugural event will share Rowen’s accomplishments over the last year, highlight work on the horizon and cast a vision for the future. 

The full press release can be viewed here.