Sadie Jo Dennard, Chair
Georgia Power Metro East Region
Ms. Dennard works as a region external affairs manager for Georgia Power's Metro East Region in south DeKalb. Ms. Dennard has also served three terms as a member of the Atlanta Board of Education and is a former president of the Georgia School Boards Association. Ms. Dennard received her bachelor’s degree from American University, and is a deacon at Atlanta’s Friendship Baptist Church. The commitment Ms. Dennard has exhibited in her various roles of leadership makes her an invaluable asset to Georgia Piedmont Tech. We are honored to have her serve on our board of directors.
Dr. Thomas Coleman, Vice-Chair
Senior Executive, Retired
Dr. Thomas L. Coleman is a retired Senior Executive in Government Service. He recently served as Chief of Staff to DeKalb County’s CEO. Prior to that Dr. Coleman served for over 18 years as the Deputy Commissioner of the State Department of Juvenile Justice. Dr. Coleman has 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. Dr. Coleman returns to Georgia Piedmont Tech, where he once served as a College Administrator and as the Director of Adult Education at what was then known as DeKalb Technical Institute. We are honored to have him serve on our board of directors.
U.S. Department of Transportation, Retired
Mr. Frank Billue has worked with the United States Department of Transportation for over 15 years, under the Federal Transit Administration. Conducting compliance and oversight reviews and evaluations; leading extensive workshops and training sessions; and receiving numerous nominations and awards for his service, Mr. Billue has been committed to national travel safety at both local and national levels. Mr. Billue’s extensive Title IX work and civil rights advocacy reflects Georgia Piedmont Tech’s dedication to equal opportunities for all. We are honored to have him serve on our board of directors.
Ted R.H. Cummings
President & CEO of Onyx MS
Mr. Cummings is a Board Member of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce. Since 2013, he has served as Chairman of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) Professional Services Industry Group for the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC). As an advocate for education, he is currently President of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Chairman of the School Advisory Council at Liberty Middle School in Covington, Georgia. In serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia Piedmont Tech, Mr. Cummings has worked to enhance the academic growth of students and expanding the college’s programs, now and well into the future. We are honored to have him serve on our board of directors.
Imam Emeritus Plemon El-Amin
Imam El-Amin is Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, one of the largest and most progressive Mosques in the United States. He is the former Director of the W. Deen Mohammed High School. He currently serves as the Director of World Pilgrims, which engages local Muslims, Christians, Jews, and other faith adherents in international travel to develop interfaith advocates and friendships. Imam El-Amin also serves on the Boards of Interfaith Community Initiatives, Truly Living Well Organic Gardens, Atlanta Majlis Ash-Shura, and the National Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council. He is a native Atlantan, a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and Harvard University. We are honored to have him serve on our board of directors.
Dr. Samantha M. Fuhrey
Newton County School System Superintendent
Dr. Samantha M. Fuhrey is Newton County School System’s superintendent and a member of the system’s Executive Leadership Team. Dr. Fuhrey’s responsibilities include overseeing the effective operation of the school system; advising the school board; advancing/implementing the strategic plan; developing strong community partnerships; and improving student outcomes. Her commitment to improving education and understanding of its importance in shaping the workforce of the future is a value shared by Georgia Piedmont Tech. We are honored to have her serve on our board of directors.
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, Retired
Mr. Albert R. Murray of Conyers was appointed to the board by Gov. Sonny Perdue in May of 2010. He served two years as vice chairman, followed by two years as chairman. Mr. Murray’s commitment to excellence, education, and the Sankofa spirit embodies the values and mission of Georgia Piedmont Tech. Mr. Murray is an inspiration to students in fields such a Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Technology. We are honored to have him serve on our board of directors.
The Honorable Mayor Fred Perriman
Mayor of Madison, GA
In addition to serving the City of Madison, Mayor Perriman is currently the full-time pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Lincolnton. His civic and charitable activities include serving on the boards of the Georgia Municipal Association, the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, the Morgan County Boys and Girls Club, and Unity Morgan. Mayor Perriman is a member of the Morgan County Rotary Club, the Morgan County Ministerial Union, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Mayor Perriman holds the distinction of having co-founded the Morgan County African-American Museum, and he also serves as president of that organization. His private sector work experience includes positions with AVADO Brands, Inc., Bard Manufacturing, and Horton Homes. Mayor Perriman’s knowledge will be invaluable as Georgia Piedmont Tech looks towards the future. We are honored to have him serve on our board of directors.
Communities in Schools, Co-Founder
Mr. Shorthouse is co-founder of the Communities In Schools (CIS) national network, whose mission is to surround students with a community of support and resources, empowering them to succeed in school and to achieve in life. Mr. Shorthouse has dedicated more than 50 years to improving educational opportunities, which has resulted in increased academic achievement, post-secondary school readiness and improved graduation rates. Like Georgia Piedmont, Mr. Shorthouse aims to make talented individuals with potential highly marketable, which in turn builds upward economic mobility, resulting in stronger families and more competitive companies, who grow from the skilled people they greatly need. We are honored to have him serve on our board of directors.