Gretchen Corbin

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal announced his nomination of a hometown leader on the state level to head up Georgia’s state lottery.

Gretchen Corbin has been forwarded as the nominee to serve as President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp.

following the announcement of current President and CEO Debbie D. Alford’s departure.

Pending approval of the Georgia Lottery Corp. Board of Directors, this change will take effect on January 1.

Deal also nominated Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Deputy Commissioner Matt Arthur to fill the position of TCSG commissioner. Pending TCSG board approval, this change will take effect on January 1.

“The critical programs funded by the Georgia Lottery, including the HOPE Scholarship and Georgia Pre-K, help millions of children across the state earn a quality education from start to finish,” said Deal. “Debbie’s leadership helped to secure the largest funding transfers on record in the 24-year history of the lottery, providing more students with a strong foundation for continued success both in the classroom and the future workforce.”

“I am confident that the incoming leadership at the Georgia Lottery, as well as TCSG, will continue to do exceptional work in connecting students throughout Georgia with the resources and support needed to reach their fullest potential,” Deal added in the statement about Corbin’s appointment.

Corbin is currently the commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. She was previously the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and deputy commissioner of the Global Commerce Division for the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

She sits on the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute External Advisory Board, the University of Georgia Board of Visitors and the Fanning Advisory Board for the J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at UGA. She served as president and chair of Leadership Georgia.

Corbin is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend Magazine for four consecutive years.

She is a graduate of Clemson University and the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. Corbin and her husband, David Corbin, have two children and reside in Rome.