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GPTC President appointed to Ga. Chamber board
GPTC President Dr Jabari Simama

Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Dr. Jabari Simama, President was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

As the state's largest business advocacy organization, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce shapes public policy and fosters economic viability. The Chamber ensures economic competitiveness in over 500 industry sectors by serving as advocates of small, medium and large businesses located throughout Georgia.

"I am honored to have been appointed to serve as a member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors," stated Dr. Simama. "The mission of Georgia Piedmont Technical College aligns closely with that of the Chamber. This is an excellent opportunity for the college to work alongside business, government and other academic leaders to positively impact Georgia's economic future," he continued.

Chris Clark, Chamber president and CEO, said he is delighted that Dr. Simama has accepted this appointment. "Dr. Simama brings a wealth of knowledge to this post and our organization, having served in leadership positions in both government and higher education. As president of one of our state's premier technical colleges, I am certain his contribution to the board will be significant," he said.

The appointment is a one-year term beginning January, 2015.

In existence since 1915, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce was originally known as the Georgia Manufacturing Organization. Although its name has changed, its role in promoting economic growth throughout the state has remained unchanged.

Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College has nine learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. Academic and technical programs of study at Georgia Piedmont Technical College cover more than 140 degrees, diplomas and certificates. For additional information, please visit