Board of Commissioners

The Commission is comprised of 11 members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The members are appointed for  three year  terms of office and may serve two terms consecutively. The 1990 Act specifies the Commission must include a member be appointed to represent each of the following: a degree-granting institution, a nondegree-granting institution, and an exempt institution. The Commission is required to meet at least quarterly.

Dr. Arthur D. Vaughn, Chair

Vaughn is an associate vice president for business and finance at Morehouse College. He sits on the board for the March of Dimes of Atlanta and North Central Georgia. Vaughn also sits on the Northwest Atlanta advisory board for BB&T. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s degree in Accounting from Southern Polytechnic State University and a doctoral degree in Higher Education Management from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. Vaughn and his wife, Octavia, have three children and reside in Marietta.

Holly C. Kirbo,  Vice Chair

Kirbo is an attorney. She previously worked as associate general counsel for Flowers Foods. Kirbo is a published author and a member of the State Bar of Georgia. She is also a member of the committee overseeing her local YMCA gymnastics team. Kirbo earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a law degree from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Cliff, have three children and reside in Moultrie.

Mollie Cohen, Secretary

Cohen is a founding partner of Pecan Ridge Plantation, where she serves as the director of marketing and sales. She also has more than 10 years of experience as an educator. Cohen is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and previously served as a program chair. She is a member of the Grady County Historical Society, the Grady County Archway and the Whigham Volunteer Council. Cohen is a Grady County 4-H adult leader and volunteers with Brookwood School, South Georgia Ballet and Tired Creek Church. Cohen earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Eric, have two children and live in Whigham.

Victoria Agyekum, Representing a Nondegree-Granting Institution

Agyekum is a co-founder of Dominion Health Care Solutions, a proprietary school that provides training in nurses’ aide, patient care and phlebotomy. She was previously the director of the nursing program at Savannah Technical College. Agyekum earned a master’s degree in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. She has three children and four grandchildren. Agyekum resides in Savannah.

Robert Lee Todd IV

Todd is a general practice attorney in Greenville. He has more than 25 years of experience as local counsel to the Meriwether County School District. Todd is a member of the Meriwether County Department of Public Safety and a former adjunct instructor of Business Law at LaGrange College. He previously served as a station chief for the Meriwether County Volunteer Fire Department and as the chief of the City of Greenville Volunteer Fire Department. Todd earned a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He and his wife, Martha Ann, have two children and two grandchildren. They live in Greenville.

Amanda B. Shailendra

Shailendra is the local partner manager for Google Fiber in Atlanta. She previously worked in economic development for the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia, where she supported projects for Mercedes-Benz, KIA Motors, athenahealth and AT&T Mobility. Shailendra sits on the board of directors for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. She is also a member of the honorary board for the Atlanta Ballet. Shailendra earned a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree from Georgia Tech. She and her husband, Paul, have two children and reside in Atlanta.

Toby R. Hinton, Representing a Degree-Granting Institution

Hinton is the vice president of financial services at Brenau University. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Hinton earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Presbyterian College. He is licensed as a certified public accountant. Hinton and his wife, Suzanne, have two children and live in Suwanee.

Ryan Blythe

Blythe is the founder of the Georgia Trade School. He was previously a member of the Go Build Georgia Advisory Council and sat on the boards of the Kennesaw Business Association and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia. Blythe is a graduate of Oglethorpe University. He has one child and lives in Smyrna.

Norma Nunez-Cortes, Representing an Exempt Institution

Nunez-Cortes is the Title I Federal Program Director for the Appling County Board of Education. She is a former president and current vice chair of the Baxley-Appling County Chamber of Commerce. Nunez-Cortes is a member of the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission, the Appling County Hospital Authority and the Appling County Family Connection Collaborative.  She is also a member of the Lions Club International, Kiwanis International, the Appling County Board of Health and Telamon HSEAC. Nunez-Cortes earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a  master’s degree in School Counseling from Georgia Southern University. She also earned a specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. Nunez-Cortes is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. She and her husband, Juan, have two children and live in Baxley.

Karen Gilbert

Gilbert is the associate vice president for human resources at Agnes Scott College. She has more than 35 years of experience in human resources as a human resources generalist and as an employment director in the retail and technology industries. Gilbert was previously the chapter secretary of the Georgia College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. She is a member of the National College and University Professional Association for Human Resources and the Society for Human Resources Management. Gilbert earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and holds a senior professional in Human Resources designation and a certified professional designation from the Society for Human Resources Managers. Gilbert has two children and resides in Jonesboro.


Tuition Guaranty Trust Fund (TGTF) Board of Trustees

Dr. Arthur D. Vaughn, Congressional District 11, Chair

Holly C. Kirbo, Congressional District 8, Vice Chair

Mollie Cohen, Congressional District 2, 

Toby R. Hinton, Congressional District 7

Victoria Agyekum, Congressional District 1