Dr. Randy Parker
Before taking the Presidency at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in 2011, Dr. Randy Parker was President at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson, N.C. from 2004-2011. Prior to his tenure at Vance-Granville Community College he was at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC from 1981-2004. While at Lenoir he served as General Engineering Instructor, Program Head of Industrial Maintenance, Program Head of Electronics Engineering Technology, Administrator DuPont Training Project, Director of Industrial Training Services, Dean of Industrial Programs, Dean of Business and Industry Programs and Vice President of Instruction and Student Services.
Dr. Parker received an associate’s degree in mechanical drafting and design technology at Lenoir Community College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology at UNC-Charlotte, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, and a doctorate in higher education administration from NC State University.
Dr. Parker began his community college career as a General Engineering Instructor, has worked professionally in the engineering industry and is a licensed Professional Engineer in North and South Carolina. As a community college administrator, he has provided leadership in all phases of community college governance including budgeting, curriculum development, and personnel. He is also experienced in: strategic planning, campus master planning, design and construction, the design and development of accredited associate degree programs in engineering, manufacturing, logistics, business technologies and specialized industrial training programs for a variety of industries, the establishment of Early College High Schools, grants development and fundraising for his colleges’ foundations. He is the 2012 recipient of The I. E. Ready Distinguished Graduate Award for Leadership Excellence in Adult and Community College Education from the College of Education at NC State University.
He currently serves on the following Boards and Advisory Councils; The North Carolina Center for Global Logistics, Greensboro Partnership, Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, High Point Economic Development Commission, Opportunity Greensboro, The High Point University Board of Visitors, and The Piedmont Triad Biotechnology Center.
GTCC is the third largest community college in North Carolina and serves over 40,000 students annually and is recognized nationally for its work in student success and economic and work force development.