Three additional new members appointed to board


SEPT. 6, 2016

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Susan Alt, senior vice president of Public Affairs for Volvo Group North America, has been elected as chair of the Guilford Technical Community College Board of Trustees. Alt, who resides in High Point, previously served as vice chair of the board. She succeeds Greensboro attorney Jarvis T. Harris, who served as chair from 2013-2016. Alt was first appointed by the Governor to the GTCC Board of Trustees in 2007.

Susan Alt

Susan Alt

“The positive impact GTCC has on our community is profound, and I am sincerely honored to be a part of it,” Alt said. “Further, the passion and professionalism provided from the school’s staff offers the knowledge and resources to make our students successful.”

Alt has been with the Volvo Group companies for the last 28 years. She has formerly held senior roles for Volvo and Mack Trucks in Marketing, Strategy and Business Development. Alt was also the president of Volvo Logistics of the Americas, becoming the first woman to manage a division for Volvo Group in North America.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an MBA from Wake Forest University, but she is especially proud to have maintained a Class 8 Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) the last 20 years. This allows her to drive the “big rigs” and her children to tell their friends their mom is a truck driver.

In addition, the following trustees have received appointments:

George W. Clopton has been appointed by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners for a four-year term. Clopton of Greensboro is a certified leadership consultant and public speaker. He formerly served as corporate vice president at Ralph Lauren Distribution Center Operations in Greensboro. As a business executive in logistics, supply chain and distribution, he has worked for companies including GAP and Nike. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

Dr. Samantha A. Magill has been appointed by Governor Pat McCrory for a four-year term. Magill has been with Honda Aircraft Company Inc. since 2010 and handles Academic Affairs and Diversity & Inclusion. She completed a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering at Auburn University and a master’s and Ph. D. in aerospace engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She serves on numerous board of directors, advisory councils and committees including American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Greensboro Rotary, United Way of Greater Greensboro, and Junior League of Greensboro.

Edith S. Chance has been reappointed by the Guilford County Board of Education for a four-year term and has been elected secretary. Chance is a Greensboro resident and a GTCC trustee since 2006. She has served as secretary of the GTCC Board of Trustees since 2013. She also was chair of the Personnel and Policy Committee (2009–2012) and chair of the Facilities Committee (2014-2016). She received a bachelor’s degree in business education from N.C. A&T State University and is a retired director from Syngenta.

Devon Harvell, president of GTCC’s Student Government Association, will serve a one-year term. Harvell is pursuing an associate of arts degree. She lives in Greensboro.

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


— Carla Kucinski