Director of the Center for Academic Success, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Donald Pearl oversees extensive programs in tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic coaching that serve more than 4,000 students each semester. He has been an academic administrator for 18 years, during which time he has held the positions of science chair, academic dean, and vice-president of academic affairs at several two year colleges. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, he served as the Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta Georgia, where he was responsible for Complete College Georgia initiatives, tutoring, supplemental instruction, advising, Dekalb Early College Academy, and dual enrollment. Dr. Pearl earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and M.S. in mathematics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He has presented at a number of conferences about student retention, progression, and graduation including “Student Success Seminar for Students Returning from Academic Dismissal” at the 2017 American Association of College and Universities conference on Diversity, Learning, and Student Success and “Empowering Students to Conquer Academic Dismissal” at the 2018 National Conference of Academic Deans annual conference.