State Board of Community Colleges Approves Dr. Anthony Clarke for GTCC’s Next President

Published on: August 19, 2019
Dr. Anthony Clarke will become the eighth president of Guilford Technical Community College.

JAMESTOWN, N.C. – The State Board of Community Colleges has approved the appointment of Dr. Anthony Clarke as the next president of Guilford Technical Community College.

Dr. Clarke has nearly 15 years of experience in community colleges and has held faculty, administrative, and senior leadership roles at institutions in North Carolina and Kentucky. He will become GTCC’s eighth president, succeeding Dr. Randy Parker who led the college for eight years before retiring July 31, 2019.

He currently serves as president of Southeastern Community College (SCC) in Whiteville, North Carolina, a position he has held since 2014. From 2012 to 2014, he served as vice president of instruction and chief academic officer at Richmond Community College in Hamlet, North Carolina. He began his community college career in 2005 at Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence, Kentucky, where he held both faculty and administrative roles. As dean in workforce development, he focused on advanced manufacturing and also served during his tenure as academic division chair for the college’s manufacturing and technologies programs.

Dr. Clarke earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Behavior at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio; a Master of Business Administration in Business Policy at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois; a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky; and a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering and Military Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

He was selected by the GTCC Board of Trustees to lead the college after an extensive nationwide search that attracted a strong and diverse pool of over 70 applicants. Dr. Clarke will take office no later than Nov. 1, 2019.


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