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GPTC Appoints Dr. Irvin T. Clark, III as New Vice President
Clark will lead the College's Student Affairs Division

Clarkston, GA - March 28, 2013

Dr. Irvin T. Clark
Dr. Irvin T. Clark, III – GPTC Vice President of Student Affairs

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) President, Dr. Jabari Simama announces Dr. Irvin T. Clark, III as the new vice president of Student Affairs.

Clark has served as interim vice president of Learning Support at Frederick Community College since August 2012. Prior to his appointment as interim vice president, Clark served 3 years as associate vice president for Student Development and Dean of Students. Clark received his Ed.D. in higher education with concentration in community college leadership from Morgan State University, where he also completed a doctoral fellowship through the Morgan State University Morris Goldseeker Fellows Program. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Cheyney University, his undergraduate degree in social relations and his master's degree in adult and continuing education.

Clark is part of the new leadership team at GPTC that Dr. Simama is putting into place since his arrival as president in September 2012. Filling key positions with student-centered personnel is one 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 elevating the college and the community by telling the story and importance of technical education; 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.

Clark will begin his new role Monday, April 1, 2013. Clark will take over for Amanda Taylor Rodriguez who has served as acting vice president of student affairs since August 2011.  She will resume her role as dean of student affairs at GPTC.

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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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