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.

Toby R. Hinton

Chair- 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.

Norma Nunez-Cortes

Vice Chair-At-large #6

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.

Amanda B. Shailendra

Secretary- At-large #4

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.

Karen Gilbert

Representing an Exempt Institution

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.

Ryan Blythe

Representing a Certificate-Granting Institution

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.

Victoria Agyekum

At-large #1

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.

Vacant Seat

At-large #2


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.

Holly C. Kirbo

At-large #5

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.

Mollie Cohen

At-large #7

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.

Kate Patterson

At-Large #8

Patterson, a current stay-at-home mom, spends much of her time volunteering in the Oconee County School System. She is on the Board of Bethel Haven, a non-profit Christian Counseling Agency in the Athens area, volunteers with the Presbyterian Homes of Georgia, and serves in her Church.  Patterson is a former Preschool Director.  She is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Georgia and served as a Program Chair for the organization in 2015.  She is passionate about people and loves to serve!