Kemp names Gwinnett GOP leader to Georgia Board of Regents

Rachel Little was appointed in November 2019 to the Georgia Board of Regents. PHOTO CREDIT: STATE OF GEORGIA.

Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed a Gwinnett County resident with strong Republican Party ties to the state Board of Regents.

Rachel Little will replace Dean Alford on the 19-member board, which oversees the operations of the University System of Georgia. The system includes Georgia’s largest public universities, such as Georgia State, the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State and Georgia Tech. The board’s next meeting is in January. Kemp’s office made the announcement about Little on Friday.

Kemp asked for Alford's resignation last month after he was charged with racketeering and for criminal attempt to commit theft by taking.

Little, a Loganville resident, is a senior paralegal for the animal health division of Boehringer Ingelheim, a global pharmaceutical company, and serves on the Citizens Advisory Board for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, Kemp’s office said in a news release.

Former Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Little to serve on the board of directors of the Georgia Department of Driver Services and the now-defunct Immigration Enforcement Review Board, where she was vice chair.

Little is chairman of the Georgia Republican Party's 4th Congressional District and worked on Georgia Republican Herman Cain's 2012 White House bid. She contributed a total of $1,000 last year to Kemp’s campaign, state records show. Little has also made three contributions totaling $750 this year to the state’s Republican Party, federal records show.

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