Dr. Robin Hoffman, president of DeKalb Technical College since 2004, announced that she will retire as of July 31.
Larry Teems, the executive vice president at DeKalb Technical College, has been named to serve as the college’s acting president after Hoffman retires.
Hoffman will start in a new position August 15 as a vice president with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the 11 Southern states.
The process to choose a new president will reportedly take several months.
Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson expressed gratitude for Hoffman’s many contributions over her 38 year association with the 2-year college, where she started as an instructor on the Clarkston campus, to the growth of DeKalb Tech.
“Dr. Hoffman’s excellent leadership and strong passion for higher education has 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. 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,” said Jackson.
Hoffman spoke of the college’s proud reputation and thanked the faculty and staff for their devotion to its students. “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. It is academically and financially strong, and has a bright and promising future. DeKalb Tech has been such a large part of my life for many years. 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. They, individually and collectively, are what make DeKalb Tech great,” said Hoffman.
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 centers and a regional transportation training center. Enrollment has surged along with the campus expansion, with the college adding 28 percent more students in just the last three years.
In July, the college will be renamed Georgia Piedmont Technical College. It has a regional service delivery area that includes DeKalb, Morgan, Newton and Rockdale counties.