GPTC appoints new vice president

Clarkston Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama recently announced that Judy Taylor will be the school's new vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation.

The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the college. It also administers the distribution of college-sponsored scholarships.

This dual role will help in advancing the college's mission in elevating the college in the community by telling the story and importance of technical education, according to a press release.

This is one of the key elements of Simama's eight-point strategic plan for success. The others include: increasing student enrollment; offering support to students through financial and academic counseling; filling key positions with student-centered personnel; opening the lines of communication among faculty, staff and students; strategic change based on data driven decisions; developing exciting new programs that meet the interests of students and the needs of business and industry; and becoming a best in class college that's committed to student success.

As vice president of Institutional Advancement, Taylor will serve as an advocate for the college to build and maintain positive and mutually beneficial relationships with the public and to increase support for the college's mission and goals.

Also included in this appointment are the responsibilities for directing the development, implementation, and maintenance of a comprehensive internal and external resource development plan for GPTC. Taylor will oversee the management and supervision of marketing and public relations, as well as creative services.

Taylor previously was the Technical College System of Georgia's director of Resource Development and executive director of the Technical College Foundation Association. She has more than 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.

"I am confident that Ms. Taylor will serve in this capacity well," said Simama in the press release.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. The 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 cover more than 120 different occupations.