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NEW PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED

BOARD OF TRUSTEES SELECTS DR. RANDY PARKER TO SUCCEED
RETIRING PRESIDENT DR. DONALD W. CAMERON


Dr. Randy Parker, president of Vance Granville Community College, has been
selected to succeed Dr. Donald W. Cameron as president of Guilford Technical Community
College effective September 1, 2011 pending approval this week by the State Board of
Community Colleges.


GTCC Board Chair, Coy O. Williard, Jr. said, "Our Board is confident that Randy Parker's
success as a visionary community college president combined with his professional training as
an engineer and college administrator plus his exceptional record of business and civic
involvement is the perfect fit for our great and growing institution. Dr. Parker is the first to
acknowledge that it is impossible to replace Don Cameron, but we are firmly convinced that he
is the leader with the energy and the skills to extend our vision for GTCC."


"It is an honor to be selected by the Board to lead GTCC, one of our state's flagship institutions
of higher education," said Dr. Parker. "I look forward to working with the Board, GTCC's
dedicated faculty and staff, and the community to build on and continue GTCC's legacy of
excellence and success in teaching, student learning and economic development partnerships."


Dr. Parker has presided at Vance Granville Community College in Henderson, N.C., since 2004.
Prior to his current position, he served as Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at
Lenoir Community College in Kinston (1981-2004). GTCC's new Chief Executive Officer is a
product of the community college system with an Associate degree in Mechanical Drafting and
Design Technology from Lenoir Community College, a Bachelor's in Engineering Technology
(BET) from UNC Charlotte, a Master's in Mechanical Engineering (MME) and a Doctorate in
Higher Education Administration from NC State University.


Dr. Parker, who began his community college career as a General Engineering Instructor, has
worked professionally in the engineering industry. As a community college administrator, he has
provided leadership in all phases of community college governance including budgeting,
curriculum and personnel. He comes to GTCC experienced in the establishment of Early Middle
College High Schools and logistical programs associated with the NC Global TransPark
Authority. He is a tireless fundraiser for his institution's Foundation.


GTCC Board Chair Williard said, "With Dr. Parker's experience and expertise, we won't miss a
beat. I speak for all of our Trustees when I say that it has been an honor to have worked with
Dr. Don Cameron. The Piedmont Triad Region, the state and the nation have benefited from his
heart-driven commitment to students, his innovative programs, superior organizational skills and
productive partnerships with business and industry. We are grateful for his service and excited
that he and Jayne will continue as viable members of the Guilford County community. We look
forward to welcoming Dr. Parker and his family to Guilford County."


With Dr. Cameron slated to retire on June 30, 2011, GTCC Executive Vice President Rae Marie
Smith will serve as Interim President until Dr. Parker assumes the position on September 1.
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