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GPTC Welcomes Dr. Thomas L. Coleman to Board
Retired Government Worker Volunteers to help guide GPTC

Clarkston, GA - December 21, 2012

Dr. Thomas Coleman
Dr. Thomas Coleman

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC – formerly DeKalb Technical College) welcomes Dr. Thomas Coleman to its advisory Board of Directors. Coleman's nomination to the College Board was approved by the State Board of Directors of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) at its December meeting. Coleman joined the 12 member College Board of Directors at its December 17th meeting at the college's Newton campus.

Dr. Thomas L. Coleman is a retired Senior Executive in Government Service. He recently served as Chief of Staff to DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. Prior to that Coleman served for over 18 years as the Deputy Commissioner of the State Department of Juvenile Justice. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education, Administration and Supervision from Clark-Atlanta University. Coleman returns to GPTC, where he once served as a College Administrator and as the Director of Adult Education at what was then known as DeKalb Technical Institute.

Dr. Coleman is a retired, "highly decorated", Vietnam Veteran and a United States Air Force Officer with over 25 years of military service. In 1991 Dr. Coleman was appointed by Governor Zell Miller to head up the Department of Highway Safety for the State of Georgia.

"Dr. Coleman will be a much-needed asset, and bring a unique viewpoint to our diverse Board of Directors. His past experience in the military, state and local government and previous association with the college gives him a perspective that will help position the Board of Directors to better direct the college in meeting the educational and economic development needs of the community we serve," said Dr. Jabari Simama, GPTC's president.

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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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