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GPTC Board of Directors welcomes Mayor Fred Perriman of the City of Madison as its newest Member

DeKalb County - March 16, 2017

Dr. Jabari Simama, President,  Georgia Piedmont Technical College, announces the appointment of Fred Perriman, Mayor,  Madison, GA, as a member of the college’s board of directors. Mayor Perriman was appointed March 2, 2017 during the Technical College System of Georgia’s recent Board of Directors meeting.   

“I am pleased to welcome Mayor Perriman to Georgia Piedmont’s board of directors,” Dr. Simama stated.   “As a member of several civic and charitable organizations, he demonstrates strong leadership capabilities. I’m certain his knowledge will be invaluable as we move forward in executing our vision for the college,” Dr. Simama concluded.

Perriman graduated from Pearl High School in Madison and attended Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.  In addition to serving as mayor of the City of Madison, he is currently the full-time pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Lincolnton.  His civic and charitable activities include serving on the boards of the Georgia Municipal Association, the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, the Morgan County Boys and Girls Club, and Unity Morgan. 

Perriman’s board duties will include marketing the institution as a preferred college of choice and communicating ideas to the college president regarding local business and industry needs that could be met through programs and services offered by Georgia Piedmont.  

“It is indeed an honor and a privilege to have been chosen to serve on the Board of Directors of Georgia Piedmont Technical College,” Perriman said.  “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the other board members as GPTC continues to provide quality educational opportunities for its students,” he stated.   

The mayor is a member of the Morgan County Rotary Club, the Morgan County Ministerial Union, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  He holds the distinction of having co-founded the Morgan County African-American Museum, and he also serves as president of that organization.  His private sector work experience includes positions with AVADO Brands, Inc., Bard Manufacturing, and Horton Homes.   

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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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