From:George Ragsdale, Chair, GTCC Board of Trustees
Jarvis Harris, Chair, GTCC Presidential Selection Committee, and Trustee

Date:August 7, 2019

New GTCC President Dr. Anthony J. Clarke
Dr. Anthony J. Clarke

Following a very successful Presidential search, we are delighted to announce that today the GTCC Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Anthony J. Clarke as the eighth president of Guilford Technical Community College, pending final approval by the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges.  

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.  Dr. Clarke currently serves as president of Southeastern Community College (SCC) in Whiteville, North Carolina, a position he has held since 2014.   

The Board could not be more excited about this appointment.  Dr. Clarke brings the highest level of expertise from his work within the N.C. Community College System and his work in private industry.  We are confident that he is a dynamic leader for the future of GTCC, and we look forward to introducing Dr. Clarke to our community partners throughout the region.  

Dr. Gordon Burns, Jr. will continue to serve as Interim President until Dr. Clarke begins on or before November 1, 2019.   I am sure that you will join me in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Clarke at this very exciting time for GTCC.   The attached press release details Dr. Clarke’s experience and background, and his personal message to the College community will be sent to you in a separate email.  

On behalf of the Board, thank you to all who participated in the selection process – the Presidential Selection Committee, the faculty, staff, and students who participated in the Presidential Profile and Finalists Forums surveys, and the many members of the community who shared their vision for the future of our College.  Your input was vital to the Board’s decision and we are grateful for your commitment to this most important appointment of our next President and for your dedication every day to the mission of GTCC.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SELECTION

A personal message from Dr. Anthony Clarke

Sent on behalf of Dr. Anthony Clarke to all GTCC employees, GTCC Board of Trustees, and Foundation Board of Trustees:

I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to serve as the eighth president of Guilford Technical Community College. The skills and experience I’ve developed in military, industry, and community college leadership positions have prepared me to serve as your next president. I will work hard to lead the talented team at GTCC and contribute to the educational attainment and economic development of Guilford County both now and into the future.

I want to thank the GTCC Board of Trustees, as well as the college’s faculty and staff for the trust you’ve placed in me. We have great opportunities in front of us. I’m excited to join the GTCC family and build on the college’s legacy of exceptional service to Guilford County.  

My wife, Margaret, and I look forward to moving to Guilford County, meeting you, and exploring all the wonderful attractions that Guilford County has to offer.

Go Titans!   

Dr. Anthony Clarke

Previous Updates

The Guilford Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that we have selected three finalists for the presidency of Guilford Technical Community College.  We recruited a highly competitive pool of candidates from throughout the state, region and nation.

The Guilford Technical Community College presidential finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Paul Broadie II, Ph.D., is President of Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT. He previously served as Vice President for Student Services at Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY.  Dr. Broadie earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Human Resource Studies at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO; a Master of Business Administration in Marketing at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Anthony J. Clarke, Ph.D., is President of Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, NC. He previously served as Vice President of Instruction at Richmond Community College in Hamlet, NC. Dr. Clarke earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Behavior at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, OH; a Master of Business Administration in Business Policy at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL; a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville; and a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering and Military Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Walter A. Tobin, Ph.D., is President of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg, SC, where he was also Vice President of Academic Affairs. He previously served as Interim President of Denmark Technical College in Denmark, SC. Dr. Tobin earned a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Education in Educational Administration at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC; and a Bachelor of Science in Math Teaching at Clemson University in Clemson, SC.

Each presidential finalist will participate in an open forum.  We invite and encourage everyone to attend the open forums.  All forums are open to all faculty, administrators, staff, students and the general public.  There will be a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a question and answer session.  Feedback forms will be given to all who attend in person and the completed forms will be collected at the end of each forum and given to the Board of Trustees for review.

Open Forum Schedule

All forums are open to the faculty, staff, students and the community

Monday July 22, 2019 – Dr. Paul Broadie II

  • 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. at Koury Hospitality Auditorium, GTCC Jamestown Campus
  • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at GTCC Conference Center Auditorium, Cameron Campus

Bio: Dr. Paul Broadie II

Tuesday July 23, 2019 – Dr. Walter Tobin

  • 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. at Koury Hospitality Auditorium, GTCC Jamestown Campus
  •  4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at GTCC Conference Center Auditorium, Cameron Campus

Bio: Dr. Walter Tobin

Wednesday July 24, 2019 – Dr. Anthony Clarke

  • 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. at Koury Hospitality Auditorium at GTCC Jamestown Campus
  •  4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at GTCC Conference Center Auditorium at Cameron Campus

Bio: Dr. Anthony Clarke

We are looking forward to a successful completion of the presidential search process.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to our ACCT Search Consultants:

  • Mr. Kennon Briggs, ACCT Search Consultant, kennondb@gmail.com, (919) 621-7988 (mobile)
  • Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services, jgolder@acct.org, (202) 384-5816 (mobile)

This is a brief update to let you know that we are on schedule with our national search to identify the next president of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC).

The recruitment of candidates went well, and GTCC attracted a strong pool of candidates from throughout the state, region, and nation.  The Search Committee met on June 25, consistent with the timeline it had established, and worked through the applicant pool.  The Committee has selected a stellar group of semi-finalists for interview in early July.

We anticipate announcing the presidential finalists in the coming weeks.  As a reminder, we plan to bring the final candidates to GTCC the week of July 22.  They will participate in public forums, tour the College, meet with direct reports, and interview with the Board of Trustees during that week.  We will announce the dates and times of the public forums as soon as they are confirmed. 

The Board is committed to conducting an equitable, inclusive, and transparent national search process.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to our ACCT Search Consultants:

  • Mr. Kennon Briggs, ACCT Search Consultant, kennondb@gmail.com, (919) 621-7988 (mobile)
  • Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services, jgolder@acct.org, (202) 384-5816 (mobile)

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are pleased to provide an update on the progress of our search to identify the next President of Guilford Technical Community College.  We remain committed to conducting an equitable, inclusive and transparent national search.

One of the first key steps in finding our next president was to develop a Presidential profile for the College.  With the development of the Presidential Profile in mind, in early April, a survey was posted to solicit input on the challenges and opportunities facing GTCC and the desired skills and abilities of our new president.  On Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11, we hosted five forums for employees, students, and the community, seeking input on the challenges and opportunities facing the college and on desirable presidential characteristics.  Thank you to all who attended and provided valuable feedback and input.  The Presidential Search Committee reviewed and revised a proposed presidential profile on April 15, and it was further refined and approved by the full Board of Trustees of GTCC on April 18.

The Presidential Profile and other search related information is located at:
https://www.gtcc.edu/presidential-search/search-main.php

The next significant date for our search for a new president is June 7, 2019 which is the targeted deadline for all applications.  It is our expectation that finalists will visit the College in late-July and participate in open forums during their respective visits.  We encourage your participation in the open forums. Detailed information will be forthcoming about the open forums.

We will continue to provide progress reports as the search process moves forward.  We want the College community to be fully informed every step of the way.  If you have any suggestions or questions or would like to make a confidential inquiry or nomination, please feel free to contact our ACCT Search Consultants:

  • Mr. Kennon Briggs, ACCT Search Consultant, kennondb@gmail.com, (919) 621-7988 (mobile)
  • Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services, jgolder@acct.org, (202) 384-5816 (mobile)

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that the search is underway to identify the next President of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC).  The Board is committed to a process that is fair, transparent, inclusive and equitable and, with that in mind, college constituents will be updated throughout this important process.

The Board has selected the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist us with the most important responsibility that a Board has – the selection of the College’s next president. ACCT’s assistance will include working with the Search Committee on the development of a presidential profile and candidate screening, providing support recruiting highly-competitive candidates, and supporting the Board of Trustees. ACCT has conducted over 500 community college searches and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our process. ACCT’s mission is to strengthen community college governance through education, advocacy at local, state, and national levels, and exemplary search services. Mr. Kennon Briggs, former Executive Vice President of the N.C. Community College System, will serve as our ACCT Search Consultant, and Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services for ACCT, will provide general oversight for the search.

A Participatory Process: We Welcome Your Input

An important step in the presidential search process is the development of a Presidential Profile. On Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11 2019, we will host five Public Forums. The purpose of these sessions is to listen to your input, which will assist with the development of the Profile. The entire GTCC college community is invited and encouraged to participate in a wide-ranging discussion about the qualities, characteristics and qualifications we are seeking in our next president, and opportunities and challenges facing GTCC in the years to comeAdditionally, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the presidential search process.

We want to invite and encourage everyone to attend one of the following important one-hour open forums on April 10 or April 11 2019:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Jamestown Campus, Koury Hospitality, Auditorium 
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Jamestown Campus, Koury Hospitality, Auditorium 
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Greensboro Campus, Continuing Education Center, Room 152 B&C

Thursday, April 11, 2019:

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. High Point Campus, H4 (Entertainment Technology), Room 203
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Jamestown Campus, Hassell Health Technologies, Room 101

In addition to the public forums, we have developed a short electronic survey that we hope you will complete. Your anonymous responses to the survey will also be used to inform the development of the draft Presidential Profile. It is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GTCC-Presidential-Search

Electronic feedback must be submitted by noon on Friday, April 12, 2019.

The Presidential Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee will review the confidential applications, interview semifinalist candidates and identify the final candidates to forward to the Board of Trustees for further consideration.  We would like to thank every member of the Presidential Search Committee in advance for their service. Members of the Search Committee are:

  • Mr. Jarvis Harris, Chair, Presidential Search Committee and Trustee, GTCC
  • Ms. Susan Alt, Chair, Board of Trustees, GTCC
  • Mr. Brent Christensen, President & CEO, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Kevin Crowder, Faculty Association President, GTCC
  • Mr. Abdurrahman Henderson, Student Government Association President
  • Ms. Allison Mullins, Trustee, GTCC
  • Mr. George Ragsdale, Chair, Foundation Board of Directors, GTCC
  • Ms. Lisa Stahlmann, Trustee, GTCC

The Board will interview the final candidates and select from among them. Each of the finalists will participate in open forums,  in which the campus and local community are invited to attend and participate. We anticipate the final candidates visiting the college late-July. We will provide the dates, times and locations of the forums once they are confirmed. Feedback forms will be given to all attendees. Completed forms will be collected at the end of each forum and given to the Board of Trustees for review.

The Presidential Search Webpage

GTCC’s presidential search webpage, where you can find the Presidential Profile and other pertinent information regarding the search process, is being developed.  The website will include information on all aspects of the search, both for the College community and candidates.  We will post information pertaining to the search, including regular progress reports, on the College’s website in the coming weeks. 

Recruitment

Our recruitment efforts will involve an open, comprehensive, national search, seeking qualified candidates from all regions of the state and country.  ACCT specializes in one-to-one recruitment of community college leaders.  Additionally, to assist with this process, advertisements will be placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education, in other major publications, and various websites.

We will continue to keep you updated on this important process. If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to our ACCT Search Consultants:

  • Mr. Kennon Briggs, ACCT Search Consultant, kennondb@gmail.com, (919) 621-7988 (mobile)
  • Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services, jgolder@acct.org, (202) 384-5816 (mobile)