Meet The President
Dr. Willie L. Todd, Jr. serves as Denmark Technical College’s 9th president. Dr. Todd assumed the helm of the institution on January 13, 2020.
Dr. Todd stated, “Denmark Technical College has a commitment to an ‘enduring spirit’ that promotes the fostering of an innovative learning-arena for all and the creation of a stronger co-curricular experience for students and staff. We continue to possess the grit needed when times get hard, and to have the strength to push forward for a better Denmark Technical College. These, and many other factors are assurance to me that Denmark Tech is an amazing place. I am honored to continue my journey at this historic institution. I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to transform the lives.” Todd’s vision is simple and shared by many at the College: “to make Denmark Technical College a recognized, high-performing Technical College with graduates that are not only capable and competitive but also creative and inventive.”
Dr. Todd fosters this vision by building capacity through outlining a spirit of collaboration and focusing on shared governance. These are tools have propelled him in the past and are cornerstones as he helms Denmark Technical College to greater success. “Denmark Technical College is my new home. I chose to come primarily because I support the College’s mission and I understand the impact that DTC and like-institutions have on the lives of families all across this great nation. Denmark Technical College is well poised to meet the needs of our constituents as we prepare them as local, regional, national and global workforce leaders,” said Todd.
Todd has an extensive record in higher education. His service includes Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wiley College (Marshall, Tx), Vice Provost and Associate Vice Provost at Norfolk State University (Norfolk, Va.), and adjunct instructor at Georgia State University at Perimeter College (Decatur, Ga.). During his tenure at Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, Ga.), he served as Executive Director of Student Affairs, Director of Leadership and Student Development, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and faculty member.
Dr. Todd’s influence in higher education is mirrored by his work in several professional and civic organizations. He is a named Fellow of the Zeta cohort of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation. Also, he was a Regional Director for the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society. Dr. Todd is a nationally recognized playwright who has served as editor of both the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts Encore Journal and the Charles Chestnut Society’s Newsletter. In 2018, Dr. Todd also co-founded the HBCU Learning Ecosystem, a collaboration of HBCUs with the primary purpose of addressing institutional effectiveness.
During his tenure at DTC, Dr. Todd has received numerous awards and honors including being named the 2021 recipient of the “Shining Star Award” from the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs, 2022 CEO of the Year by the South Carolina Association of Technical College Commissioners, and receiving the 2023 Diamond Award for excellence in education, leadership, philanthropy, humanitarianism and community engagement by the Not Alone Foundation.
“I am privileged and blessed to have the opportunity to lead Denmark Technical College as its ninth president,” Dr. Todd said. “I’m humbled by the College’s historic contributions to our service area, the State of South Carolina, and the nation. We have diligently been rebuilding the solid foundation for which Denmark Tech is historically known. We are excited to reemerge as a vital learning community that engages, educates, and empowers the students we serve.”