CEO on the move

Anthony Clarke will be the next president of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in North Carolina, pending approval from the State Board of Community Colleges. He is currently president of Southeastern Community College (SCC) in North Carolina, a position he has held since 2014. 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. Under his leadership at SCC, curriculum enrollment at the college 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, Clarke was vice president of instruction and chief academic officer at Richmond Community College in 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 he also served during his tenure as academic division chair for the college’s manufacturing and technologies programs.

CEO kudos

Several presidents have received regional honors for the 2019 Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Sandra Kurtinitis, president of the Community College of Baltimore County (Maryland) and immediate past-chair of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) board of directors, received the honor for the Northeast Region, and William Serrata, president of El Paso Community College in Texas and AACC board chair-elect, has received the award for the Western region. Honorees are recognized not only for the impact at their community colleges, but also for their commitments to postsecondary education locally, regionally and nationally. ACCT will announce the national winner from among five regional award winners at its annual meeting in October.


Kenneth Cohn has been named dean for community education and corporate outreach in Waubonsee Community College (Illinois). He has worked at DePaul University as the business development manager since 2016. 

Brian Knetl is the next provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan). He is currently interim provost at Harper College in Illinois. Knetl previously was Harper College’s associate provost for academic affairs, dean of liberal arts and founding associate dean of the Center for Adjunct Faculty Engagement.

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Matthew Dembicki
Matthew Dembicki edits Community College Daily and serves as associate vice president of communications for the American Association of Community Colleges.
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