named president of Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina
Guilford Technical Community College
August 8, 2019
Anthony Clarke selected to lead Guilford Technical Community College
Anthony Clarke, Ph.D. will be the next president of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), pending final approval by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. The GTCC Board of Trustees unanimously approved his selection today.
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.
“We could not be more excited about this appointment,” said George Ragsdale, chair of the GTCC Board of Trustees. “Dr. Clarke brings the highest level of expertise from his work within the North Carolina Community College System and his experience 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. Clarke currently serves as president of Southeastern Community College (SCC) in Whiteville, North Carolina, a position he has held since 2014. Under his leadership, curriculum enrollment at SCC has increased by 9 percent, reversing a 26 percent decline over the previous five years. He also strengthened the college’s partnerships with two county school systems, resulting in an 85 percent increase in dual enrollment.
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.