Good ideas sometimes come from scribbling. The original Piedmont TEC seal was created in just this manner. Sitting at his desk in December of 1968, Lex Walters came up with this design. Dr. Walters would soon become Piedmont TEC’s director and would remain at the college until his retirement in 2007. Porta ad successum is still the college’s motto and is on its seal today. Translated, it means "Gateway to Success."