Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is a non-profit corporation offering post-high school education to men and women interested in funeral service as a career. While attending Gupton-Jones College, one may enjoy exciting Atlanta which offers a variety of recreational, artistic, and historic attractions! Of the recreational choices, one may visit Six Flags Over Georgia, with more than 200 acres of entertainment and just a few minutes from downtown Atlanta.
Welcome to the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service (GJCFS) in Decatur, Georgia!
Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is a non-profit corporation offering post-high school education to men and women interested in funeral service as a career. The central purpose of the college is to give students a thorough acquaintance with those areas of knowledge essential to their specialization. The college is dedicated to the advancement of funeral service education and the funeral service profession.
On June 8, 1920, the Gupton-Jones School of Embalming was founded by L. A. Gupton in Nashville, Tennessee, to teach the art and science of funeral directing and embalming. In the beginning, the school had two faculty members to teach the young men and women in the South the courses in mortuary science. Over these many years, the faculty and facilities increased. The old "castle style" home of the Gupton-Jones College on West End Avenue in Nashville was a landmark well known to many.
NEW PRESIDENT HIRED FOR GUPTON-JONES COLLEGE OF FUNERAL SERVICE
We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Antonio C. Wallace as President of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Mr. Wallace has over twenty years of experience in higher education administration, in both the academic and operations areas. His background includes curriculum development, student management and support, staff and faculty development, institutional effectiveness and research, budget development and analysis, enrollment management and student retention at the community college and private for-profit college levels.
Mr. Wallace earned his Masters of Education with a concentration in Educational Organizational Leadership from American Intercontinental University. In addition he also received a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management and an Associates of Applied Science in Medical Assisting both from Anthem College. He is committed to lifelong learning and continuing education.
Please join us in welcoming Antonio C. Wallace to Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.
Dr. Jill Karn
Chief Operating Officer
Pierce Mortuary Colleges
Duane Piel promoted to Dean
We are very pleased to announce that Duane Piel has been promoted to the Dean's position at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service as of August 15, 2015. Mr. Piel has been employed with Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service for nine years, as an educator. He has a background in psychotherapy and is a licensed clinical social worker, and a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
Mr. Piel has a tremendous passion for teaching, shaping minds and providing an atmosphere that is conducive for learning. Mr. Piel received his master's degree in Social Work in 1988 and his bachelor of arts in psychology from Emory University in 1985. In 2003, he returned to school and received an associate of science in funeral service from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 2004. Mr. Piel is a member of the Pi Sigma Eta Academic Fraternity in Funeral Service. He is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a Diplomat in the American Psychotherapy Association.
The students, staff and faculty enjoy spending time talking with Mr. Piel. He is always there to assist the students and provide an environment that fosters student success. His enthusiasm and dedication is evident and can be seen in his work. He is committed to the mission of the college and believes that education is the key to a successful future.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Piel into his new role as the Dean of Gupton-Jones College.
Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service
480 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PMC STUDENTS
In addition to standard courses required for licensure as a funeral director and embalmer, our funeral service program is better preparing our students by providing students at all three Pierce Colleges two certifications: ICCFA Cremation Arranger Certification and the Crematory Operations Certification. This could not have been done without the continued support of our generous donors. More than 480 scholarships were provided this year by Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. and Implant Recycling for our two ICCFA certifications.
Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service would like to thank Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. and Implant Recycling for being willing to invest in students, cultivate learning, inspire discovery, and help our students have access to a future full of possibilities. #ThankaPMCdonor