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GPTC Welcomes Experienced Educator to Lead Academics
Dr. Mariam Dittmann returns to Metro Atlanta with cutting-edge ideas on education

Clarkston, GA - December 03, 2012

Dr. Mariam Dittmann
Mariam Dittmann – GPTC Vice President of Academic Affairs

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Mariam Dittmann as Vice President of Academic Affairs at the college. "Dr. Dittmann is a renowned educator and we are confident that she will bring innovative thinking in the areas of academic leadership and student success," said Dr. Jabari Simama, GPTC's president.

Dittmann was selected from a field of several qualified candidates. She began her new duties on November 26th. Prior to joining Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Dittmann served for two years as the Dean of Curriculum and Special Projects for Savannah Technical College. There she led the institution's efforts in institutional effectiveness and accreditations. Dr. Dittmann previously served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bainbridge College in southwest Georgia from 2008 to 2010. She began her career in higher education at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) where she taught physics and astronomy from 1991 to 2008. In addition, she joined GPC's administrative team in 1998 as the chair of Sciences for the Lawrenceville Campus and then became the Interim Dean of Sciences in 2006.

Dr. Dittmann holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Furman University. She also holds a Master of Science and Ph.D., both in physics, from the University of Georgia.

"I am excited to join with the dedicated faculty and staff of Georgia Piedmont Technical College as we continue to work together to help our students achieve their goals and realize their dreams," said Dittmann who replaces Dr. Tanya Gorman who retired November 30th from GPTC after nine years as vice president of academic affairs.

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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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