Gwinnett Citizen News

At its regular monthly meeting on August 15, 2019, the Gwinnett County Board of Education appointed Dr. Tommy Welch, principal of Meadowcreek High School, as the district’s Chief Equity and Compliance Officer.

In this new position, Dr. Welch will provide leadership for ensuring equitable educational opportunities for all students. He will facilitate development and implementation of the district’s equity plan and oversee the alignment of that plan with all local school plans for improvement. In this new role, he also will collaborate with district leaders to develop and implement a systemic process for identifying and addressing inequities that impede student engagement and academic achievement while also maximizing opportunities for community engagement.

In 2017, Dr. Welch was recognized as Georgia’s top principal by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. In 2018, he was named as one of three finalists for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)’s 2018 National Principal of the Year (POY) award.

Dr. Tommy Welch, Chief Equity and Compliance Officer
GCPS Employment:
2011-Present Principal, Meadowcreek High School 2006-2011 Assistant Principal,
Meadowcreek High School 2003-2006 Teacher, Meadowcreek High School

Other Employment:
2015-Present Adjunct Professor, Piedmont College
2018-Present Principal Mentor, Rockdale County Schools
2001-2003 Instructor/Staff Assistant/Diversity Advocate Instructor, University of Buffalo- Office of Student Multicultural Affairs

Education:
• Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Business and History— The University of Buffalo
• Master’s degree in education— The University of Buffalo
• Educational Specialist’s degree— Piedmont University
• Doctorate in Philosophy—Mercer University

Dr. Welch is a graduate of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program (Cohort 3).