A longtime college leader in the state will take the helm of Georgia Piedmont Technical College after the dismissal of its president.
Ivan H. Allen, the president of Central Georgia Technical College, will lead an assessment team at GPTC pending the appointment of a new president.
Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Matt Arthur removed GPTC President Jabari Simama on Wednesday. Simama is on administrative leave and his last day will be May 11.
Allen was named the president of Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins in 2005. The school consolidated with Central Georgia Technical College in 2013.
Out of more than 7,500 institutions reporting data to the U.S. Department of Education, Central Georgia Tech was ranked fifth nationally last year for one-year awards among two-year schools. Most recently, the school was ranked in the top 24 institutions by Military Times magazine as Best for Vets and was designated as a 2017 Military Friendly school.
Allen serves on the board of trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
He is a Macon native with degrees from Morehouse College, Georgia College and Nova Southeastern University.