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Georgia Piedmont Tech's Longest-serving Employee Retires

Clarkston, GA - December 14, 2012

Julian Wade Retires
GPTC President Dr. Jabari Simama (L) presents Julian Wade with A GPTC afghan

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's (GPTC) longest-serving employee Julian P. Wade, who most recently served as the school's dean of operations, has retired after a 43-year career with the school.

Wade began his career in higher education working at the College (then named DeKalb Area Technical School) in 1969 as a part-time evening instructor, teaching accounting. He later became a full-time instructor, teaching in the Data Processing Technology program (today called Computer Information Systems (CIS)). During the course of his career at the GPTC Wade taught for 15 years in the classroom, instructing nearly every course in the CIS curriculum. He served in several capacities, including chair of the CIS department. Wade moved to the dean's office in 1989, where he began as dean of evening programs; served as dean of other disciplines at the College; and ends his long career in the position from which he is retiring.

Wade's affiliation with Georgia Piedmont Tech, however, reaches further back than his 40-plus-years career at the school.

"I well remember the day of the dedication of the campus in Clarkston," said Wade, a DeKalb County native. It was on a Sunday in the fall of 1963, and I was a senior in high school. My dad was always involved in DeKalb County politics, so he and my mom dragged me and my sister to the event. Of course, I had no idea I would one day attend the school or become an employee there."

Three years later, in 1966, Wade enrolled at the College as a part-time student, taking two night classes, and became a full-time student in August 1966. He graduated from the College with a degree in data processing technology (computer programming) in 1968.

On December 12, a crowd more than 100 people consisting of GPTC administrators, faculty, staff, and Wade's family and friends gathered at the GPTC Conference Center on the DeKalb Campus to pay tribute to and bid Wade farewell.

Wade said that in retirement he plans to continue his heavy involvement with the Association of Information Technology Professionals, to which he was recently re-elected to its national board of directors. He will continue serving on the board of the DeKalb County-based foundation Families of Children Under Stress, which provides services to children who have medically fragile or significant developmental or physical disabilities. Wade said he will also continue to be actively involved with his church.

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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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