Dr. Anthony Wise
Dr. L. Anthony Wise Jr. began his tenure as president of Pellissippi State Community College on July 1, 2011. Yet, he was no stranger to the College before being chosen to lead the institution. Between May 2007 and June 2011, he served as vice president of the Learning Division. He also held the position of department head of Liberal Arts for three years and taught history at Pellissippi State for nine years.
Since his first time teaching in a classroom, President Wise has made it his mission to help students succeed. For example, as a faculty member he played an instrumental role in the development and implementation of the College’s Foundations of Excellence initiative, which outlined strategies for student success. As president, he continues to encourage student engagement through initiatives such as Service-Learning and the Arts at Pellissippi State.
President Wise earned a Ph.D. in history in 1997 from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in United States history in 1993 from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in history and business economics in 1990 from Wofford College in South Carolina.
Throughout his career, President Wise has played an active role in numerous committees and councils hosted by educational bodies such as the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Honors include his selection for participation in TBR’s Global Leadership Academy, Class of 2008, and the Regents Academic Leadership Institute, Class of 2006.
Locally, President Wise serves on the boards of the Great Schools Partnership, Project GRAD and the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s Workforce Connections.
President Wise and his wife, Lynn, have three children. The family is actively involved in soccer, dance and music.