Gwinnett County school chief to be honored by education group

Gwinnett County’s top educator is scheduled to be honored Monday by one of the state’s leading education organizations.

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators is recognizing Gwinnett Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for his more than 50 years in the field at its 12th annual “A PAGE Turning Event” dinner Monday evening at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth.

Wilbanks is the first educator PAGE has celebrated at its event. The organization usually honors a business leader who has been involved in education. Past honorees have included Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Wells Fargo Atlanta Region President Mike Donnelly and Georgia Power Chief Executive Officer Paul Bowers.

In March, Wilbanks marked his 20th anniversary as Gwinnett’s superintendent and chief executive officer. Gwinnett has about 178,000 students, more than any Georgia public school district, and approximately 22,000 employees.

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