Harris named GTCC chairman

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 04:31 AM

The Guilford Technical Community College Board of Trustees has named Greensboro attorney Jarvis T. Harris chairman.
Harris succeeds Coy O. Williard, Jr. of High Point whose three-year term as chairman expired. Williard remains on the board. Harris was vice chairman.
The 41 year-old member of the R. Steve Bowden & Associates law firm is the first African-American male to chair the board during GTCC’s 55-year history. He is also the youngest board chair in the college’s history.
In a statement, Harris said he was confident that his service as a board member and the mentorship of former leaders Shirley Frye and Coy O. Williard, Jr. have prepared him for leadership.
“I am sure he will do a great job as chairman,” Williard said Wednesday.
GTCC President Randy Parker said that Harris’ relationship with the community has benefitted him immensely, and he looks forward to expanding that relationship during the new chairman’s term.
Williard said the highlight of his leadership was the board’s selection of Parker as president two years ago.
“He was head and shoulders above the other candidates and we are excited about him,” Williard said.
The college also started an expansion program that includes the 100-acre Cameron Campus at Oak Ridge that will be home for the Center for Business and Industry and the N.C. Center for Global Logistics.
The board also chose these officers:
—Susan Alt, senior vice president of public affairs for Volvo Group North America, as vice chairwoman. She has been a board member 2007. She is a former board secretary. 
—Edith Chance, a Greensboro resident and a GTCC trustee since 2006, was named secretary.

Jarvis T. Harris

Occupation: Member of the R. Steve Bowden & Associates, Greensboro, since 2000; He also owns J. Harris Photography and Design, a photography studio; He formerly worked for Brooks Brothers and the N.C. Industrial Commission in Raleigh as an agency legal specialist.
GTCC Appointment: July 1, 2003 by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners.

Education: Graduate Kinston High School; Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a law degree from the UNC School of Law.

Community: Harris was a founding member of the Guilford Education Alliance and serves as its immediate past chair; advisory committee for the Salvation Army of Greensboro’s Boys and Girls Club.

Family: Harris and his wife, a Guilford County Schools administrator, have two daughters.