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New Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Dr. Jabari Simama Arrives

Clarkston, GA - September 04, 2012

Simama began his new journey at GPTC by having a meeting with his executive cabinet and then a "meet and greet" with GPTC faculty and staff. Receptions were held at three of the school's nine locations–the DeKalb Campus in Clarkston, Ga.; and the Newton Campus-Building A and Newton Campus-Building D in Covington, Ga.

The state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) approved Simama as the third president of the College on August 2, 2012 at the recommendation of TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson.  His appointment was effective September 1, 2012. Simama fills the vacancy left after the retirement of former president Dr. Robin Hoffman in July 2011.  In his address to more than 150 employees, he thanked Larry Teems who has served as acting president for the past 13 months.

Prior to joining Georgia Piedmont Tech, Simama was the chief of staff for DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis since 2010.  He was the chief policy advisor and senior officer in the executive office that serves 740,000 county residents and manages a $1.5 billion budget and 7,000 employees. He was the county's deputy chief operating officer of development from 2009 to 2010.

Simama was the vice president for community development and external relations at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., from 2005 to 2009. Before that, he was the executive director of community technology for the City of Atlanta from 2000 to 2005. He served as the City of Atlanta's chief of the office of marketing and communications from 1998 to 2000.

His career in higher education includes teaching positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Clark Atlanta University, Morgan State University, University of Cincinnati, and Atlanta Junior College (now Atlanta Metropolitan College).

Simama held elected office as a member of the Atlanta City Council from 1987 to 1993. He also served as an appointed member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Olympic Games Authority, which provided financial oversight for the Atlanta Olympic Games Committee's $2 billion budget.

Simama has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University. He earned his master's from Atlanta (now Clark Atlanta) University and his bachelor's from the University of Bridgeport.

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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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