Search committee named for Georgia Piedmont president

CLARKSTON Local community leaders will help guide the search for the next president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson announced this week the creation of a 13-person search committee that will choose three candidates for consideration.

The committee represents a broad spectrum of the community that GPTC serves, with the members having close ties to the college and deep knowledge of the long history of the institution.

It will be chaired by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Adams, who is also a member of the college's board of directors.

The other committee members are Denny Dobbs, owner of Dobbs Environmental and a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives from Covington; Conyers Mayor Randal S. Mills; Dr. Flynn Nance, president of the Honey Creek Veterinary Hospital in Conyers; Jerry Silvio, president and CEO of Silvio Development Company and a GPTC board member; Val Bates, president of KHAFRA Engineering Consultants and chair of the GPTC Foundation; Dr. Thomas Coleman, retired state executive and former commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice; Sandra Font, Spanish language services operations manager at CredAbility and chair of the GPTC Board of Directors; Bob Hughes, president of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce; Cheryl McAfee, chair and CEO of McAfee 3 Architects; Milton "Buddy" Nix, retired chair of the state Board of Pardons and Paroles and the former director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; Dr. Eugene P. Walker, chair of the DeKalb County Board of Education and a former GPTC foundation member; and Ellen Warren, chair of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners and a GPTC board member.

"I'm very grateful to Judge Adams and the members of the search committee for their willingness to assist me with the important details of the selection process for the next president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College," Jackson said. "I look forward to working with the committee to find an exceptional leader with a strong passion for technical and adult education and an even stronger commitment to helping every student find success in college and the workforce."

The committee will start interviewing applicants for the job in the next few weeks. The finalists it selects will be interviewed by the senior management staff at the TCSG headquarters in Atlanta and then by Jackson. The commissioner's final choice is subject to approval by the state board that oversees the TCSG, whose members are appointed by the governor.

Larry Teems, the college's executive vice president, is currently serving as the acting president of GPTC, after replacing the previous GPTC president, Dr. Robin Hoffman, who retired in July.

GPTC has its main campus in Clarkston and several other locations serving Newton, Rockdale, DeKalb and Morgan counties.

Last year, GPTC enrolled 8,061 students in diploma, degree and certificate classes. Along with the main campus in Clarkston, the college has another campus in Covington, education centers in Conyers and Doraville, an adult education facility in Clarkston, and a commercial truck driving training facility in Lithonia.

In addition to a wide array of credential programs, GPTC provides workforce training for new and expanding businesses and industries through the TCSG's Quick Start program. GPTC also partners with the Rockdale County School System and the Newton County School System to deliver college-level programs to high school students at the Rockdale Career Academy and the Newton College and Career Academy.

The college also delivers adult education programs, including GED preparation and testing, throughout its service delivery area.