Gretchen Corbin was appointed President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation starting January 1, 2018. As president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery, Corbin’s business goal is to fulfill the Corporation’s mission to maximize revenues for HOPE and Pre-K, ensuring that Georgia’s students continue to have access to these important educational programs.
Currently the Georgia Lottery provides $1.2 billion to the state of Georgia each year for Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. Since inception in 1993, the Georgia Lottery has returned more than $20.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. More than 1.8 million students have benefited from HOPE scholarships and grants, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended lottery-funded Pre-K.
Prior to her role at the Georgia Lottery, Corbin served as commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). At TCSG, Corbin oversaw the state’s 22 technical colleges, 135,000 students, 46,000 economic development trainees, 15,000 employees, an $800 million budget, and a host of economic and workforce development programs, including Georgia Quick Start, the nation’s top-ranked workforce training program.
During Corbin’s tenure, TCSG grew dual enrollment of high school students taking TCSG college courses to 22,000 students. The TCSG graduation rate increased by 9 percent from academic year 2015 to 2017. Additionally, Corbin partnered in developing the HOPE Career Grant to provide free tuition to students in 17 high-demand areas.
The agency saw numerous advances under Corbin’s leadership including: new options for GED completion and transcript acquisition; a tax credit program for employers who encourage GED completion; the opening of the Georgia BioScience Training Center and other new facilities; and a mobile app to facilitate college registration.
Corbin joined TCSG from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), where she served as commissioner. At DCA, she oversaw 65 programs and was responsible for more than $71 million in investment in Georgia communities.
Prior to DCA, Corbin served 15 years at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), holding a variety of roles including deputy commissioner of global commerce. Her work within Georgia and throughout the world brought nearly 69,000 jobs and over $13 billion in capital investment to Georgia.
With her leadership experience at these agencies, Corbin has a unique understanding of the way education and business must join together to ensure that Georgia has a globally competitive workforce.
Global giants like Porsche, Caterpillar, Gulfstream, Mohawk and Shire are just some of the hundreds of companies she has helped grow in Georgia through providing economic, community and workforce development assistance.
Corbin is involved in a number of professional and civic organizations, including Leadership Georgia, where she has served as president and chairman. She is a member of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute External Advisory Board, the University of Georgia’s Board of Visitors, Rotary Club of Atlanta, and a Georgia Chamber of Commerce board member.
Corbin has been named the last six years as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians, she was named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 20 Women Who Mean Business, and she is one of James magazine’s 2018 Most Influential Georgians.
Corbin, her husband, David, and their two daughters are proud to call Georgia home.