DTC president to retire

Robin Hoffman

Robin Hoffman

COVINGTON -- The president of DeKalb Technical College announced Wednesday that she plans to retire next month to take a regional education job.

Robin Hoffman, who has worked as the president of DTC since 2004, announced that she will retire July 31, according to a press release the college sent out Wednesday morning. She will accept a new position starting Aug. 15 as a vice president with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the 11 Southern states.

"DeKalb Tech has been such a large part of my life for many years," she said in the press release. "I am so grateful for the privilege of working with such a remarkable group of faculty and staff who are dedicated to the college and the students we serve."

Hoffman began working at the college 38 years ago as an instructor on the Clarkston campus.

Prior to her appointment as acting president of the college in February 2004, she served as district vice president of instruction and vice president of Clarkston campus operations, vice president of institutional services and special assistant to the president, vice president of Covington campus operations and dean of instruction. During her tenure with the college, she directed two institutional self-studies for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Hoffman has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Colleges, and in 2010 she was elected to the Executive Council on the Commission. In December 2007, she received the Meritorious Service Award from the Commission on Colleges for her work as a committee chair on numerous SACS/COC accreditation, reaffirmation, substantive change and special committees since 1985.

She also has served as a member of the board of directors of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of control of the Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Area.

The announcement of Hoffman's retirement comes about two months after the college announced more changes for its institution -- it will undergo a rebranding effort that includes a change in its name. In April, the state board of directors of the Technical College System of Georgia approved the college's intention to change its name to Georgia Piedmont Technical College to better reflect its regional service delivery area that includes DeKalb, Morgan, Newton and Rockdale counties. It has not been announced when that change officially will take place.

"The college has made incredible progress in its first 50 years, evolving from a local vo-tech school to a regional technical college with a reputation of excellence that is recognized far beyond the borders of the state of Georgia," Hoffman said. "It is academically and financially strong, and has a bright and promising future."

Last year, DeKalb Technical College enrolled 8,218 students in certificate, diploma and degree programs at its main campus in Clarkston and at its Covington campus, three educational centers and a regional transportation training center -- the college has added 28 percent more students in the last three years. Thousands of other students have enrolled in adult education classes, workforce training programs and continuing education classes. Academic and technical programs at DeKalb Tech cover more than 100 different occupations.

"Dr. Hoffman's excellent leadership and strong passion for higher education have helped to build DeKalb Technical College into a proud institution that's widely recognized for its outstanding technical education, workforce training and adult education programs," said Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. "Under her guidance, the faculty and staff at DeKalb Technical College have produced thousands of graduates who are empowered with the technical knowledge and skills that lead to great success in their new careers."

Jackson named Larry Teems, the executive vice president at DeKalb Technical College, to serve as the college's acting president after Hoffman retires, as the process to choose a new president will take several months, college officials said.

In her new duties with SACS, Hoffman will work with up to 100 colleges in the Southeast, participating in the selection of peer review committees, visiting member institutions, candidate and applicant institutions, coordinating on-site visits to assist institutions in determining needs and improving educational programs throughout the accreditation process, and assisting in conducting studies to develop and improve standards for accreditation and to raise the quality of educational programs.