MARCH 18, 2015

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College has hired Mark Harris as High Point Campus dean as of February 1. Harris replaced former High Point Campus dean Janette McNeill, who retired in December.

Mark HarrisPrior to GTCC, Harris served as elementary principal of Peeler Open School for the Performing Arts in Greensboro. Collectively, he has spent 16 years in various leadership positions at Guilford County Schools (GCS).

While serving as elementary principal of Murphey Traditional Academy and Ferndale Middle School, both schools were recognized as one of the “15 Most Improved Schools” in the district on three different occasions. Ferndale Middle school also received the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium Signature School Award in 2009.

“Mark’s experience with a diverse range of students in a variety of educational environments and his knowledge of the High Point community make him ideally suited as High Point Campus dean,” said Rae Marie Smith, executive vice president of GTCC.

In addition to his role as assistant principal at High Point Central High School, Harris served as a Marine Corps Junior ROTC instructor as well as a baseball, swimming and cross country coach. Harris was named the Central Carolina Conference Coach of the Year for five consecutive years in swimming and cross country.

Prior to GCS, Harris spent 23 years in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the infantry as a Scout Sniper and in Special Operations Force Reconnaissance. He also spent 10 years as an instructor in adult military education and for various service schools.

“I am very excited to be at GTCC because I am really most at home with adult students,” Harris said. “I taught and provided leadership for 10 years at different military schools while I was in the Marine Corps and adult education is where my heart is truly at.”

Harris received a bachelor’s degree in business management and ethics from John Wesley College (now Laurel University in High Point) as well as a master’s degree in school administration and an education specialist degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He’s also completed coursework for his education doctorate from UNCG and is a recent graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at


— Carla Kucinski/GTCC