ATLANTA – Mercer University and Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently signed a new transfer articulation agreement through 2024.

“Through our continued partnership, Mercer and GPTC are able to provide greater access to education throughout the state of Georgia and the Metro Atlanta area. This agreement will provide more students with a pathway to achieve their educational goals and make an impact in their own lives and their communities,” said Dr. Penny L. Elkins, senior vice president for enrollment management at Mercer.

September 7, 2021 – Representatives from GPTC and Mercer University celebrate the signing of the MercerNext transfer agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, GPTC students enrolled in eligible associate degree programs may pursue bachelor’s degrees from Mercer’s College of Education, College of Professional Advancement or School of Business in the following academic majors: accounting, general business, human resource management, management, marketing, communication, criminal justice leadership, elementary/special education, early learning and development, health informatics, healthcare leadership, homeland security and emergency management, human resources administration and development, human services, information technology and informatics, liberal studies, organizational leadership, psychology, and software application development and human computer interaction.

“Through the MercerNext initiative, Georgia Piedmont students are being provided with an accessible pathway to successfully complete bachelor level studies and flourish in so many different fields,” said GPTC President Tavarez Holston. “It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

GPTC and Mercer presidents
Presidents Tavarez Holston and William Underwood share a laugh at the signing ceremony.

The agreement also includes a number of measures that will strengthen the partnership between the institutions to support the efficient and smooth transition of qualified GPTC students into bachelor’s degree programs at Mercer.

“Our MercerNext pathways program was created to facilitate our articulation agreements with Georgia Piedmont Technical College and all of our Technical College System of Georgia partner schools,” added Theo Anderson Jr., assistant vice president of enrollment management for Mercer’s Atlanta campus and Regional Academic Centers. “Through our MercerNext pathways program, we will actively engage students at GPTC through events hosted on both of our campuses designed to educate them on the academic pathways and support that is available to them at Mercer that will build upon their associate degrees. This is a great opportunity for students to further their education, advance in their chosen career field and ultimately maximize their earning potential.”



About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is a student-centered institution that prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing economy. GPTC’s graduation rate for academic year 2019, as reported by the Technical College System of Georgia, was more than 70 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 92.2 percent in-field job placement rate and a total placement rate of 99.8 percent. Georgia Piedmont Tech’s Adult Education program for high school equivalency test preparation and English as a Second Language classes is one of the largest in the state. The College has seven learning centers in DeKalb, Newton and Rockdale counties and also specializes in customized business and industry training and workforce development through its Economic Development and Continuing Education division. Learn more at

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. With more than 9,000 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges, on major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at regional academic centers in Henry and Douglas counties, Mercer is classified as a Doctoral University with High Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education and ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Mercer Health Sciences Center includes the University’s School of Medicine and Colleges of Nursing, Health Professions and Pharmacy. Mercer is affiliated with five teaching hospitals – Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah; Medical Center, Atrium Health Navicent and Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon; and Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The University also has an educational partnership with Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is one of only 286 institutions nationwide to shelter a chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society; one of eight institutions to hold membership in the Georgia Research Alliance; and the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program.