About Dr. Anthony

Dr. Anthony currently serves as the 16th President of Prairie State College. Prior to his appointment, he was the Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at Prairie State College. He has served as a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Fellow with the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and as a Title IX Coordinator. At the age of 30, Dr. Anthony earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville, where he also worked for 10 years in various functional areas. While at the University of Louisville he also led the state association for student affairs professionals, and has been involved nationally within the student affairs profession since then.

As a first generation African American male from Charlotte, NC, he understands the unique challenges facing students. Having been educated in public schools through college, he has a commitment to access, affordability, and equity in higher education. His experience as Student Body President and University Trustee at North Carolina State University led him to seek a career in higher education. Dr. Anthony has taught at both two and four year schools, led hundreds of workshops to thousands of students and practitioners on a range of topics, including African American student success, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, assertive communication, team development, program management, and creating and managing change within the environment.

Dr. Anthony is published in the areas of African American male success in college and in leadership pedagogy. He currently has an adjunct faculty appointment at both Loyola University Chicago and the University of Louisville. He has worked with the LeaderShape© Institute, the American Student Government Association, and several colleges, universities, and businesses in the U.S. He has traveled abroad in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia to teach and lead international service projects, and is committed to thinking globally as he does his work. Dr. Anthony has one daughter, Katharine, and lives in Matteson, IL.

Leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.

John Maxwell
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