MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Friday, December 13, Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the appointment of Anita Archie as Interim President of Trenholm State Community College. Archie will serve in the role until a permanent president is named for the college.
Archie’s more than 24 years of public service span municipal government, state government and higher education. She currently serves as the Deputy Director and Executive Counsel for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).
“Ms. Archie is a proven leader with the skills and experience needed at Trenholm State during this time of transition,” Baker said. “Her familiarity and working relationships among the business and education communities in Montgomery will serve her well in this new role. The ACCS is laser-focused on the student experience and I’m confident Trenholm’s students are in great hands with Anita at the helm.”
Archie began her career in the State House with the Legislative Reference Service and later joined the Alabama Development Office. She served as Executive Director of both the Montgomery Riverfront Development Foundation and the Montgomery Public Housing Authority. In 2007, Archie joined the Alabama Community College System and served as the Director of Government Relations where she successfully advocated for Alabama’s community colleges. Later, she served as Senior Vice President, Intergovernmental Affairs, Advocacy and Communications, and Legal Counsel for the Business Council of Alabama. From 2013 to 2017, Archie served was Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Montgomery before joining ADECA.
“Having spent the last two decades living and working in Montgomery, I know the important role education plays in our community and I’m passionate about the opportunity to serve Trenholm State students,” Archie said. “Opportunities abound for our graduates and I look forward to working closely with business and industry to continue to create and expand partnership opportunities and expand the workforce pipeline.”
Archie’s tenure at Trenholm State Community College will begin on Thursday, January 2.
With 24 community colleges in more than 130 locations, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) is Alabama’s gateway to first-class, affordable education and technical training to compete in a constantly evolving workforce. More than 168,000 Alabamians benefit from the various certification, credential, dual enrollment and degree programs ACCS offers alongside leading industry partners. The System includes the Alabama Technology Network, which provides extensive training and service offerings directly to business and industry. ACCS is governed by the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees.