GPTC names interim president

D. Glen Cannon

Dr. D. Glen Cannon has been appointed interim president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College. 

Cannon, a former GPTC vice president of administration, has held positions in finance, operations and senior management. He began his career at DeKalb Technical College in 2007 before it became GPTC. He left the college, based in Clarkston, in 2011 to become president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, Ala.

Cannon returned to Georgia in September 2014 to serve as the third president of Gwinnett Technical College.

Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Commissioner Matt Arthur announced his appointment on May 14.

Cannon replaces Dr. Jabari Simama, who served from 2012 to May 11, 2018, when Arthur citing “financial concerns” with the school’s financial aid program placed him on paid administrative leave. 

Simama retired from the system on May 11. 

Arthur said Cannon “will be a tremendous leader during this time of transition” for the college based in Clarkston.

He said TCSG will immediately begin the search for Georgia Piedmont’s next president.

In the wake of Simama’s removal from office, Dr. Ivan Allen, president of Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, led an assessment team of system-wide experts in student enrollment, financial aid, finance, and operations to conduct a thorough review of mission-critical aspects of GPTC’s operations and made recommendations for improvements. Arthur said Allen will now return to Macon.

Cannon, a certified public accountant, has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. He also served at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon from 1994 to 2007, and at Moultrie Technical College in Moultrie from 1993 to 1994. He was the director of accounting at Carroll Technical Institute (now West Georgia Technical College) in Waco from 1989 to 1993. 

At all of these schools, he was either a vice president of administrative services or director of accounting. 

He serves on the board of directors for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. He also is involved in organizations such as Partnership Gwinnett, the Metro Atlanta Learn4Life initiative, and the Greater North Fulton Talent Coalition.