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Lynn Durham

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EdD, 2019

Lynn Durham is the president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE). Georgia CORE is a nonprofit organization that brings together local resources and the National Cancer Institute to support cancer research and to provide cancer screening to underserved communities. 

She previously served at the Georgia Institute of Technology as vice president of institute relations and as chief of staff to the president. During her 25 years as part of the Georgia Tech community, she worked closely with Athletics, Development, Government and Community Relations, Institute Communications, Institute Diversity, Legal Affairs, Student Life, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, and the Office of Administration and Finance, as well as with student leaders. Externally, she was a liaison with community and state leaders, as well as the staff at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG).

Special projects have included campus coordination of the visit by President Barack Obama to Georgia Tech in March 2015, chairing President Peterson’s task forces on mental health and sexual violence prevention, and a leadership role on the USG systemwide campus safety and security committee.

She has taught GT1000, a freshman seminar class at Georgia Tech, for seven years and is the advisor to one of the school’s oldest honor societies. Durham is a member of Leadership Georgia’s Class of 2013 and is a member of the board of directors of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (GaCORE) and the Atlanta Science Festival. At Georgia Tech, in 2015 she was awarded the Staff Woman of Distinction Award by the Women’s Leadership Conference, and the Honorary Ambassador Award by the Student Ambassadors organization.

Durham arrived at Georgia Tech in 1995 in the Office of Government Relations, where she managed the legislative advocacy program. She joined the Office of the President in 2006 as a special projects manager and was promoted to chief of staff by President Peterson in 2010. Prior to her career in higher education, Durham was a congressional staff member in the district office of Congressman Larry J. Hopkins, former U.S. Representative from Kentucky, and a researcher and writer for the respected political newsletter, The Tennessee Journal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Radford University and a Master of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University.

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