The President of Albany Technical College, Dr. Anthony O. Parker, was presented with the League for Innovation's John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for his long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership at a ceremony held on Monday in Anaheim, California.
Parker said that although times are different from when he was growing up, his philosophical worldview still does include the provision of opportunities afforded to him without regard for ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, or religious affiliation.
"For nearly 40 years, I have had the fortune of working in education as a teacher, administrator, and chief executive officer to promote the vision of an educated and highly skilled community," said Parker. "Reflective of the John and Suanne Roueche Award criteria focusing on innovation in community college instruction and leadership, I am humbled to receive this recognition on behalf of the faculty and staff of Albany Technical College."
Parker noted that Albany Tech maintains one of the highest job placement rates in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). He credits this to strategies such as the college's implementation of the Academic Achievement Center. In addition, he believes the Career Development Center has set a precedent by "starting with the end in mind." Lastly, through the seven articulation agreements Albany Tech maintains with several universities, as well as the recent partnership with the Dougherty County School System, he believes the educational partnerships continue to strengthen the college and the community and he hopes to build on these relationships in the years to come.