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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Announces New Appointments As Part of Realignment

Clarkston, GA - February 06, 2013

Cynthia EdwardsCynthia Edwards
Keith SagersKeith Sagers

As part of its strategic realignment, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) announces the appointments of two of the institution's leadership-team members.

Cynthia Edwards, formerly vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation, has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of community outreach and engagement. In her new role, Edwards works closely with the College's Office of the President and Institutional Advancement to strengthen the College's community-outreach efforts and to identify opportunities for faculty, staff and students to become engaged with communities in GPTC's service areas: DeKalb, Morgan, Newton and Rockdale Counties.

Keith Sagers, formerly director of Career and Assessment Services (and acting dean of students), has been appointed to the position of executive director and special assistant to the College's president. In his new role, Sagers coordinates the affairs of the Office of President and works closely with Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Dr. Jabari Simama to facilitate the achievement of services, goals and objectives of the College.

Both Edwards' and Sagers' appointments are in-line with Simama's "8-Point Strategic Plan for Success". Among other items, the College president wants to fill key positions focusing on filling currently open positions with student-centered personnel. The vacant vice president of student affairs and vice president of institutional advancement positions are expected to be filled soon.

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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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