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GPTC Welcomes New Associate VP of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Dr. Tessie S. Bradford

DeKalb County - July 28, 2016

Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, is pleased to announce Dr. Tessie S. Bradford has been appointed associate vice president for enrollment management and student affairs.  She assumed her new role July 18, 2016. 

 “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Bradford to Georgia Piedmont’s management team,” Dr. Simama stated.   “She has strong leadership capabilities, and I’m certain she will bring considerable knowledge of student affairs and enrollment management initiatives to this position,” Dr. Simama concluded.

In her new role, Dr. Bradford will ensure that Georgia Piedmont’s strategic priorities, as they relate to enrollment management and student affairs, are implemented throughout the institution.  She will report to Dr. Ivan Harrell, executive vice president of academic and student affairs.

 “We are very excited to have Dr. Bradford join the Academic and Student Affairs team,” Dr. Harrell said.  “She brings a tremendous amount of experience and expertise that will certainly be of great benefit to our students and to our college community as a whole.”     

Prior to joining Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Bradford served as the interim dean of student services at Lone Star College in Cypress, Texas. While at Lone Star College, she also worked in other capacities, such as director of student services, adjunct instructor, and program coordinator for new student orientation. 

“I am truly honored to serve as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, and I’m excited about joining such a dynamic and dedicated team,” Bradford said.  “I look forward to the work we will do together to positively impact our students, the communities we serve, and the college,” she continued.   

As an active member of the community, Bradford has been involved in several civic and charitable organizations.  Among them are the College Advisory Board; Okaloosa County Comprehensive Head Start Child Development, Inc.; and the National Alumni Association of Alabama State University. 

Bradford completed her doctor of philosophy degree at the United States Sports Academy, where she defended her dissertation, “Gender Equity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”  She holds a master’s degree from Houston Baptist University and a bachelor’s degree from Alabama 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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