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Mark Komdat Joins Georgia Piedmont Technical College as  Vice President of Business and Financial Services

DeKalb County - March 10, 2016

Veteran administrator Mark Komdat has joined Georgia Piedmont Technical College as the institution’s vice president of business and financial services.

 “I’m very pleased Mark Komdat has joined the management team at Georgia Piedmont,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College.   “He has the experience and financial acumen to help guide the college as we expand our footprint and services needed to educate and build a strong workforce in Georgia.”  

Prior to joining Georgia Piedmont, Komdat served as dean of administration at the State University of New York (SUNY) Ulster, a public two-year college supported by Ulster County and the State University of New York.  In that role, he was responsible for managing a $28 million budget.  Komdat oversaw plant operations, contract negotiations and purchasing, among other areas.  Additionally, he managed several capital projects including the renovation of a former elementary school into a permanent extension of the SUNY Ulster campus.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join the Georgia Piedmont Technical College family,” Komdat said.   “I look forward to contributing in a meaningful way to the college’s journey to excellence,” he continued. 

Komdat previously held leadership positions at the State University of New York at Buffalo, including serving as business manager for the Center for the Arts and as operations manager for the Student Activities Center. 

In addition to his experience in higher education, Komdat has worked in the not-for-profit sector.  He spent 11 years with the Atlanta Ballet, where he was general manager/chief financial officer.  As general manager, he oversaw the accounting, finance, human resources and information technology departments of the dance company. 

Komdat earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of business administration from SUNY.   

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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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