The President’s Biography
Dr. Willie L. Todd, Jr. is the 9th President and Chief Executive Officer of Denmark Technical College, a two-year Historically Black College and University located in Denmark, South Carolina.
Todd assumed the helm of the College on January 13, 2020. He has worked in higher education in various roles to include Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services at Denmark Technical College, Denmark, SC; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wiley College, Marshall, TX; Vice-Provost and Associate Vice Provost at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA; Executive Director of Student Affairs, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and English faculty at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA; English instructor at Georgia State University at Perimeter College, Decatur, GA; Director of the Developmental Students Writing Laboratory at Albany State University, Albany, GA; and English instructor at Darton College, Albany, GA.
Dr. Todd has intentionally spent his entire professional career at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. As a product of an HBCU, he understands the vital role that institutions like Denmark Technical College play in the overall success of our students, our community, our Nation, and our world.
A national award-winning playwright, he has also received local, regional, and national awards for teaching excellence and creativity. Dr. Todd also is a fellow for the Higher Education Leadership Foundation. Coined “The Learning Leader,” he understands the importance of academic excellence not only for the students but also for the entire college community. Having served in high-impact roles in both Academic Affairs and Student Services, he understands the value added when creating a strong culture of collaboration. He encourages all stakeholders not merely to be student-centered but to become learning-centered.
Dr. Todd holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from Georgia State University; a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration with a Student Affairs Concentration from Regent University; a Master of Education. degree in English Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, both from Albany State University. Dr. Todd is a member of 100 Black Men of America and both a Province and National Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. where he serves as the Province (regional) director for membership intake. He is a recipient of three national awards from his fraternity to include: “National Undergraduate Student of the Year” winner, “William L. Crump” Awardee, and “National Founders’ Awardee.” Most recently, he was named the 2021 recipient of the “Shining Star Award” from the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs, was named 2022 CEO of the Year by the South Carolina Association of Technical College Commissioners, and received the 2023 Diamond Award for excellence in education, leadership, philanthropy, humanitarianism and community engagement by the Not Alone Foundation.
He is a native of Decatur, GA, and has two daughters: Tatia and Jessica and still lives by three quotes he listed in his high school yearbook: “The intention is not to see through one another, but to see one another through,” “Always hope for the best, yet prepare for the worst,” and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”