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 Jabari Simama 

POSITION -- Since 2012, President of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, with two campuses and nine centers in DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton, and Morgan Counties serving over 22,000 students.

PREVIOUS -- Education: Vice President of Community Development & External Relations/Executive Assistant to the President, Benedict College; Associate Professor (Visiting), School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology; Executive Producer/Director, Zambia Information, Education and Communication Project, Office of International Training and Development, Clark Atlanta University; Assistant Professor, Radio, Television, Film, Acting Coordinator of Radio, Television, Film Sequence, Clark Atlanta University; Adjunct Professor, Department of Mass Media Arts, Clark College; Associate Professor, Morgan State University; Associate Editor/Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati; Assistant Professor, Atlanta Metropolitan College (formerly Atlanta Junior College). Government: Chief of Staff, DeKalb County, GA; Deputy Chief Operating Officer, DeKalb County, GA; Executive Director, Office of the Mayor, Community Technology, City of Atlanta; Chief, Office of Marketing and Communications, City of Atlanta; City Councilman, City of Atlanta; Member, Metropolitan Atlanta Olympic Games Authority. Private Sector: Director of Public Access and General Manger of the Center for Community Television, Prime Cable of Georgia, Inc. (now Comcast Corp.); Project Director, Young Life, Inc.

AFFILIATIONS -- Serves on boards: DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Metro RESA Board of Controls, Urban League of Greater Atlanta.

EDUCATION -- Ph.D., American Studies, Emory University; Master of Arts, African American Studies, Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University); Bachelor of Science, Education/English, University of Bridgeport.

OTHER -- Publications: From Civil Rights to Cyber Rights: Broadband and Digital Equality in the Age of Obama (Community Technology Publications, 2009); “From Civil Rights to Cyber Rights: Race, Politics, and Pedagogy of New Media,” The Information Society and the Black Community (Praeger, 2001); “Broadband in Cities & Towns: The Role for Higher Education in Partnership with Municipalities and the Private Sector,” (The State, April 2006); "Civil Rights to Cyber Rights: Intelligent Community, Workforce Development, and Community Cyber Enters" (2002); “Digital Divide: Governments Must Ensure all Citizens Have Equal Access to Government Services,” ( Magazine, December 2000); “Atlanta Targets Digital Divide,” (Government Technology, June 2000); “The Digital Divide,” (2000-2001 Resource Guide to African-American Female Business Owners and Professionals; “The Digital Divide,” (ABL News Exchange, 2000); Creative Loafing, weekly columnist (1994-1998); “Outside the Fences,” series of articles (1996); “Black Participation in Telecommunication,” (Community Television Review, Spring 1982); “Taking Cable to People, Taking the People to Cable,” (Still Here, Winter 1982) Co-authored with Dr. Art France; “Public Access in Atlanta: A New Social Phenomenon,” (Cable Atlanta Occasional Paper, (Cable Atlanta, Inc., August 22, 1981). Awards:  Atlanta’s Top Leaders in Education 2013, Atlanta Business Chronicle; In the Arena, Center for Digital Education; Explorer Award, Solutions Center, E. Gov; Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers of Information Technology, Government Technology; Urban Challenge Grant & Award, 3Com; Association of Alternative News Award, AAN; Hometown USA Video Award; Alliance for Community Media.

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