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Georgia Piedmont announces new vice president

Dr. Mariam Dittmann recently was announced as vice president of Academic Affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Dr. Mariam Dittmann recently was announced as vice president of Academic Affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

CLARKSTON -- Georgia Piedmont Technical College recently announced the appointment of Mariam Dittmann as vice president of Academic Affairs at the college.

"Dr. Dittmann is a renowned educator, and we are confident that she will bring innovative thinking in the areas of academic leadership and student success," said Jabari Simama, GPTC's president.

Dittmann was selected from a field of several qualified candidates. She began her new duties on Nov. 26.

Prior to joining GPTC, Dittmann worked for two years as the Dean of Curriculum and Special Projects for Savannah Technical College. There she led the institution's efforts in institutional effectiveness and accreditations. Dittmann previously served as the vice president for academic affairs at Bainbridge College in southwest Georgia from 2008 to 2010.

She began her career in higher education at Georgia Perimeter College, where she taught physics and astronomy from 1991 to 2008. In addition, she joined GPC's administrative team in 1998 as the chair of Sciences for the Lawrenceville Campus and then became the interim dean of Sciences in 2006.

Dittmann holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Furman University. She also holds a master's degree and Ph.D., both in physics, from the University of Georgia.

"I am excited to join with the dedicated faculty and staff of Georgia Piedmont Technical College as we continue to work together to help our students achieve their goals and realize their dreams," said Dittmann, who replaces Tanya Gorman, who retired Nov. 30 from GPTC after nine years as vice president of academic affairs.

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. It 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.