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Former Georgia first lady joins Piedmont Board
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Thomas A. Arrendale III, Chairman of the Piedmont College Board of Trustees, left, and President James F. Mellichamp welcomed Sandra Deal to the college’s board Friday. (Courtesy of Piedmont College)

Former Georgia first lady Sandra Deal has been appointed to the Piedmont College Board of Trustees.

The wife of former Gov. Nathan Deal, Sandra Deal grew up in Gainesville and has two degrees in education from Georgia College & State University. Before becoming first lady, Deal taught language arts at public schools for more than 15 years and retired as a sixth-grade middle school teacher in Hall County.

As Georgia's first lady she was a strong advocate for literacy and education and received the 2016 "Georgian of the Year" Award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.

“We are delighted that Mrs. Deal, a long-time champion for education, has joined our board,” said Piedmont College President James F. Mellichamp. 

She will serve on the board’s student life committee.

“I am honored to be asked to serve on the board,” Deal said. “I hope my outlook and experience will enable me to be of service in this position.”

Compiled from Piedmont College press release