Friday, October 26, 2012
ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery Corp. board of directors today named Debbie Dlugolenski Alford as president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery.
Dlugolenski Alford currently serves as the chief financial officer and director of the Office of Planning and Budget for the state of Georgia. She served three years on the Georgia Lottery board of directors.
“I am confident that Mrs. Dlugolenski Alford will do an excellent job leading the Georgia Lottery,” said Georgia Lottery Board Chair James F. Braswell. “She has the experience and leadership skills necessary to build on the lottery’s past achievements and guide the organization to future success.”
Margaret R. DeFrancisco announced in August her plans to retire as president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery.
The board of directors voted unanimously Thursday to name Dlugolenski Alford as DeFrancisco’s successor.
Dlugolenski Alford will become the third president and CEO in the Georgia Lottery’s 19-year history. She is scheduled to start in approximately two weeks.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.8 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
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