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GPTC Welcomes New Dean of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Dale Burgess

DeKalb County - June 27, 2017

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Dr. Dale Burgess, a seasoned administrator and talented instructor, has been tapped to serve as Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Dean of Arts & Sciences.  His appointment began June 12, 2017. 

 “I am delighted to welcome Dr. Burgess as Georgia Piedmont’s newest dean,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College.   “Dr. Burgess possesses an impressive track record of proven leadership at several institutions of higher learning.  He has hands-on experience working in our college with students, faculty and staff, and he is bringing considerable expertise to this pivotal role,” he concluded.

 Prior to becoming dean, Burgess worked as an Evening & Weekend Administrator at Georgia Piedmont.  He also served for more than two years, as an adjunct faculty member.  As dean, Burgess will ensure the president’s vision and strategic priorities are implemented throughout the School of Arts & Sciences. 

“I am very excited Dr. Burgess is joining the management team as dean of the School of Arts & Sciences,” said Dr. Ivan Harrell, executive vice president of academic & student affairs at Georgia Piedmont.  “Knowing he came to the college as an adjunct is especially important, because he will be able to relate to this large population of educators who are so vital to the success of this institution,” Harrell stated.

Prior to joining Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Burgess was employed for 28 years at DeVry University in Atlanta.  While at DeVry, Burgess served in the following capacities: Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences/College of Health Sciences; Associate Dean, General Education; Assistant Dean, General Education; and Senior Professor, General Education.   Before working at DeVry, he spent four years as an instructor at his alma mater, Benedict College.   

“I’m thrilled about my new position as dean of Arts & Sciences,” said Burgess.  “Every enrolled student at Georgia Piedmont takes Arts & Sciences courses, and I’m looking forward to leading a team of dedicated professionals who take pride in providing our students a solid foundation in General Education,” he stated.   

Burgess completed his doctor of philosophy degree at Colorado State University, where he defended his dissertation, “Spirituality and Leadership: How Male African-American Leaders in Higher Education Perceive the Influence of Spirituality in their Decision Making.”  He holds a master’s degree from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Benedict College. Additionally, Burgess has earned a leadership certification from the Georgia Association of the Certification of Teachers (GACE).   

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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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