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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Welcomes Dr. Johnny Jones as New Dean
Seasoned Administrator Takes the Helm at Newton Campus 

DeKalb County - February 15, 2016

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Johnny Jones as the new Dean for its Newton campus.  “We are pleased to have Dr. Jones serving in the role of Dean of the Newton campus. Most important, he comes to us with a wealth of experience that will serve him well in this position,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  “As a practitioner in higher education, community engagement and development, he will be a great asset as he works to serve the communities of Rockdale, Newton and Morgan counties,” concluded Dr. Simama.   

Dr. Jones will be responsible for leading the strategic operational processes for the Student Affairs and Academic Affairs areas of the Newton campus.  He will oversee the annual budget process and will closely monitor budgets for compliance once they have been established.  His other duties include supporting the college’s strategic plan, building a climate of operational excellence, and developing innovative programs and policies.  Dr. Jones will report directly to Dr. Ivan Harrell, Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, GPTC.     

In expressing his enthusiasm about Jones’ appointment, Dr. Harrell stated, “As the college strives to bring new energy and direction to the Newton campus, we are excited to bring on a seasoned administrator to lead this charge. Georgia Piedmont’s service to Newton, Morgan and Rockdale counties is an important part of the college’s overall mission,” Harrell said.  “We are working to ensure the campus is serving the evolving needs of the citizens and stakeholders in those counties,” he continued.    

Prior to joining Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Jones served as president of Little Priest Tribal College in Nebraska.  He also held leadership positions with Mississippi Valley State University; Arkansas Baptist College; University of Arkansas; and Washington State University.  In addition to holding high-level positions in education, Jones has also been a tenured associate professor, lecturer and member of the faculty for institutions at which he was previously employed.     

“As the new Campus Dean, I am honored to serve students, community members, and faculty and staff who represent Georgia Piedmont Technical College,” Jones said.  “I believe 2016 will be an exciting year for our campus.  We will SOAR in the areas of Sustainability, Opportunity Achievement and Revitalization,” he continued.

“Additionally, I feel we must focus on increasing student enrollment; restructuring the campus based on community needs; establishing a strong relationship with local, state and regional political stakeholders; securing new funding; and increasing the visibility of the campus,” Jones stated.  “The goals I would like to accomplish include optimizing sustainability in campus operations; providing more educational opportunities for students; emphasizing academic achievement; and revitalizing the campus.”   

He is a published author, having written or co-written numerous scholarly and refereed articles.  Jones also has co-authored several books and book chapters.  Over the years, he has served as a presenter at many higher education conferences and seminars. 

An active member of the community, he has been involved in a broad variety of civic and professional organizations, including: the American Indian Higher Education Consortium; the American Education Research Association; and the Washington Alliance of Black School Educators, among others.    

Jones completed his doctor of philosophy degree at Jackson State University.  He holds a second doctorate in education leadership from Berne University.  He earned his master’s degree at Springfield College and completed his bachelor’s degree at Mississippi Valley State 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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