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GPTC Appoints Judy Taylor as New Vice President
Taylor will lead the College's Institutional Advancement Efforts

Clarkston, GA - March 20, 2013

Judy Taylor
Judy Taylor – Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) President, Dr. Jabari Simama announces Judy Taylor as the new vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation.

The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the college. It also administers the distribution of college-sponsored scholarships. This dual role will help in advancing the college's mission in elevating the college in the community by telling the story and importance of technical education. This is one of the key elements of Dr. Simama's 8-Point strategic plan for success. The others include: increasing student enrollment; offering support to students through financial and academic counseling; filling key positions with student-centered personnel; opening the lines of communication among faculty, staff and students; strategic change based on data driven decisions; developing exciting new programs that meet the interests of students and the needs of business and industry; and becoming a best in class college that's committed to student success.

As vice president of Institutional Advancement, Taylor will serve as an advocate for the college to build and maintain positive and mutually beneficial relationships with the public and to increase support for the college's mission and goals. Also included in this appointment are the responsibilities for directing the development, implementation, and maintenance of a comprehensive internal and external resource development plan for GPTC. Taylor will oversee the management and supervision of marketing and public relations as well as creative services.

Ms. Taylor previously serves as the Technical College System of Georgia's (TCSG) Director of Resource Development and Executive Director of the Technical College Foundation Association. She has over 15 years of experience in leading College Advancement operations and gift development. Ms. Taylor holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Berry College in Rome, GA and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Higher Ed from North Park University. "I am confident that Ms. Taylor will serve in this capacity well," said Simama.

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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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