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Lanier Tech official named president of Georgia Piedmont Tech in Clarkston
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Lanier Technical College will move to its new campus off Ga. 365 and Howard Road in January 2019. The University of North Georgia will make use of the Lanier Tech buildings adjacent to UNG’s Gainesville campus for an expansion. - photo by Scott Rogers

Tavarez Holston is leaving Lanier Technical College in Hall County to serve as the new president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston.

Holston begins Sept. 10.  

The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia announced Holston’s appointment on Sept. 6.

“Dr. Holston’s experience in, and passion for, technical education, combined with his commitment to students, and his vision to expand educational and economic opportunity in the community are exactly the qualities we were looking for in Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s next president,” TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur said in a press release.

Holston served as vice president for academic affairs at Lanier Technical College, as well as vice president for adult education.

Holston replaces Jabari Simama, who served as the college’s third president during its 57-year history.

Simama was relieved as the college’s president in May after TCSG officials began investigating the finances of Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Holston began working at Georgia Piedmont in April of 2018 as part of an assessment team convened by Arthur.

“The assessment team has been responsible for re-evaluating many areas of the college and offering recommendations regarding improvements that will benefit faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders now and in the future,” the press release states.

“It is truly an honor to serve the students of Georgia Piedmont Technical College and its surrounding communities,” Holston said. “I know this college has a bright future ahead and we will ensure that every student who comes through our doors is provided with a world-class education,” Holston said. “In addition, this college has an obligation to meet the needs of business and industry in the community; that goal is something we will work every day to provide.”