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Piedmont announces key appointments

Clarkston Georgia Piedmont Technical College recently announced the appointment of three key people in the in the newly established administration of President Dr. Jabari Simama.

Simama announced the selection of Dr. Irwin Clark III as GPTC's Vice President of Student Affairs; Judy Taylor as vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the GPTC Foundation; and Sybil Vaughn as executive assistant to the president.

Clark served as the interim vice president of Student Learning Support/Student Services, associate vice president of Student Development/Student Services and dean of Student Services at Fredrick Community College in Fredrick, Md. Prior to that, he served as director of Student Services for the College of Southern Maryland.

He holds both a bachelor's degree in Social Relations and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Cheyney University in Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate of Education in Higher Education from Morgan State University.

Clark will take over for Amanda Taylor Rodriguez who has served as acting vice president of student affairs since August 2011. She will resume her role as dean of student affairs at GPTC.

Taylor, who currently serves as TCSG's director of Resource Development and executive director of the Technical College Foundation Association, has over 15 years of experience in leading college advancement operations and gift development.

She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Berry College in Rome and is currently pursuing a master's degree in higher education from North Park University.

Taylor replaces Cynthia Edwards who will be transitioning to the position of vice president of community outreach and engagement.

Vaughn served as general manager of Too Groovy Inc., where she was responsible for office management and providing leadership to over 25 employees of the company.

She attended Spelman College and holds a BA in English from Georgia State University.

Vaughn will provide executive support to the president, as well as overall leadership and support to both administrative and program assistants at GPTC.

She replaces Lynn Burton who recently retired from GPTC.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. Georgia Piedmont Technical College currently has more than 5,000 students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000 in adult education classes. Academic and Technical programs at Georgia Piedmont Tech cover more than 120 different occupations.