Under Dr. Simama’s leadership, the College established the Film and Television Production and Recording Arts Technology programs to support the fast-growing metro-Atlanta film and entertainment industries. Georgia Piedmont also launched the only accredited transit training program in Georgia, and the nationally accredited Law Enforcement Academy, which is the first academy of its kind in the State of Georgia to receive accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
Student performance and achievement have benefited from Dr. Simama’s focus on creating a student-centered environment at Georgia Piedmont. In 2015, for the first time ever, statewide winners of both the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Award and the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) Student of the Year came from the same college—Georgia Piedmont Technical College. In February 2017, the college embarked upon a unique partnership with Clark Atlanta University to provide expanded opportunities for students.
Dr. Simama draws from deep experience in education, public service and media to lead Georgia Piedmont. Having gained more than 20 years’ experience in higher education at both two- and four-year institutions, Dr. Simama also served as a top executive administrator in local government. In addition, he was twice-elected as a member of the Atlanta City Council.
Dr. Simama earned his Ph.D. from Emory University, his master’s from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He authored the highly acclaimed book: Civil Rights to Cyber Rights (2009).
Dr. Simama is an active member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), where he serves on the Commission on Structured Pathways. Prior to his appointment to the Commission on Structured Pathways, he served on AACC’s Commission on College Readiness.
He serves on numerous boards throughout the region, including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. In October of 2015, Dr. Simama was the recipient of two prestigious awards. The DeKalb Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) honored Dr. Simama with the Narvie J. Harris Education Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership abilities. Dr. Simama also received a Pacesetter Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). The Pacesetter Award recognizes a president at a two-year institution, or technical college, who has demonstrated outstanding support in the area of college communications and marketing.
Dr. Simama and his wife, Nisha, are the parents of two adult daughters.