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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Welcomes New Executive Vice President Dr. Ivan L. Harrell II

DeKalb County - November 16, 2015

Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, is pleased to announce Dr. Ivan L. Harrell II has been appointed as Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.  His appointment began on October 21, 2015. 

 “I am delighted to welcome Dr. Harrell to my management team.   He has demonstrated strong leadership ability in his previous roles, and I am excited that he will be bringing his skills and expertise to implement best practices at our college as they relate to academic and student affairs,” Dr. Simama said.

In his new role, Dr. Harrell will ensure that GPTC’s vision and strategic priorities are implemented throughout the college.  The position will bring more collaboration and synergy between two major areas that have the most impact on students. 

“At some institutions, the academic affairs and student affairs divisions are separate.  But at some point, these two become inextricably linked,” Dr. Harrell stated.  “The house must connect with its foundation,” he continued.  “I view this job as an opportunity to build on great things that have already been established, but keeping in mind the importance of being effective and efficient in providing academic and technical programs that can have a positive impact on the lives of our students and stakeholders,” concluded Dr. Harrell. 

 “I’m planning to work with faculty and staff to increase the quality of instruction; increase enrollment; and increase the level of creative engagement with faculty and staff here at Georgia Piedmont,” Dr. Harrell stated.  “Under Dr. Simama’s guidance, we will be moving away from the traditional model of academic affairs and student affairs--areas which historically have had little overlap--to a more dynamic approach in which everyone on both teams is viewed as an equal partner in enhancing student learning outcomes,” he said.                    

Prior to joining Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Harrell served as vice president of student success at Lone Star College in Cypress, Texas, as well as dean of student services at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD.  Harrell also held leadership positions at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA and at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, FL.  He was a lecturer at the University of Houston, where he taught “Higher Education in the United States” in the M.Ed. Higher Education Program.  In addition to holding staff positions in higher education, Harrell has been an associate professor, adjunct instructor and instructor at various institutions. 

Early in his career, he taught science courses at Stephenson High School in Decatur, Georgia.   

Harrell is a published author, having written or co-written at least eight scholarly articles.  He has served as a presenter at numerous higher education conferences and seminars. 

An active member of the community, he has been involved in many civic and charitable organizations, including:  the CyFair Educational Foundation Board of Trustees; the Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce; the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Roundtable; the 100 Black Men Read Program; the National Urban League and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.   

Harrell completed his doctor of philosophy degree at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he defended his dissertation, titled “Using Student Characteristics to Predict the Persistence of Community College Students in Online Courses.”  He holds a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University. 

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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