Anthony O. Parker, president of Albany Technical College in Georgia, died on June 6. He was 69 years old.
Dr. Parker had been president of the college since 1995, the longest-serving leader in the college’s history. The college enrolls just over 3,000 students. African Americans make up 78 percent of the student body.
Before becoming president of Albany Technical College, Dr. Parker was an instructor at Augusta Technical Institute. He later served in vice president roles at Southeastern Technical Institute and Aiken Technical College and as assistant commissioner for Adult Education for the Technical College System of Georgia.
The college issued a statement that read in part: “The passing of Dr. Anthony Parker is not only a tremendous loss for Albany Technical College but also a loss for the entire Albany community and the Technical College System of Georgia. From day one, Dr. Parker led the college with a servant’s heart whose top priority was the interest of his students. During his remarkable career at Albany Technical College, Dr. Parker was committed to helping each and every student achieve greatness and realize their dreams through the power of education.”