Dr. Tavarez Holston, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), has been an educator and advocate for technical education for almost 20 years. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) named Dr. Holston to serve as GPTC President in September 2018. He comes to GPTC from Lanier Technical College (LTC) where he served as the vice president for academic affairs as well as vice president for adult education.
Dr. Holston began his career in technical education as a part-time business instructor at Moultrie Technical College (MTC), now Southern Regional Technical College, in 2000. Over a 13-year span at MTC, he served as a faculty member, campus dean, director of online instruction, vice president for institutional effectiveness, and vice president for academic affairs.
Dr. Holston currently serves on the board of directors of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce and as a SACSCOC peer evaluator. He also previously served as the co-chair of the TCSG Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs Peer Group and on the boards of the Communities in Schools organization and the United Way of Colquitt County. Dr. Holston has a passion for international mission work and has served in many capacities in his local church.
He holds a Doctorate in Education from Valdosta State University, a Master of Science in Management with a focus in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from the University of North Georgia. Dr. Holston is also a U.S. Army Veteran.
He enjoys and is committed to inspiring, equipping and mentoring leaders, as evidenced by his establishment of LTC’s Institute for Leadership (I-LEAD) and GPTC’s Leader College. Dr. Holston is also a 2014 graduate of the TCSG Executive Leadership Academy. He focuses on creating unforgettable learning experiences that are relevant for the needs of the workforce at GPTC and in its surrounding communities, businesses and industries in DeKalb, Newton and Rockdale counties.