Dr. Cynthia Anthony

On March 10th, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the appointment of Dr. Cynthia Anthony as President of Lawson State Community College. Anthony has been serving as Interim President at the college since September 2020. She is the 5th president to serve the College and first female appointed to lead the historic institutions.

Dr. Anthony has 30 years of higher education experience, recently serving as Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Success for the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) and Executive Vice President and Dean of Students at Lawson State. Prior to her leadership at Lawson State, Anthony served at Bessemer State Technical College, which merged with Lawson State in 2005. In addition to various other leadership roles within the ACCS, she served as Interim President at three other ACCS institutions: Drake State Community and Technical College, Shelton State Community College, and Enterprise State Community College.

“Dr. Anthony is proven leader who cares deeply about student success and it is truly a privilege to appoint her as President at a college she knows so well,” said Chancellor Baker. “Lawson State students, faculty, and staff will be well-served by Dr. Anthony’s innovative leadership and commitment to improving the lives of others.”

Dr. Anthony earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Talladega College. She received both her Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and her Master of Education degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership through a joint program at UAB and the University of Alabama. She was awarded UAB’s Department of Education’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 2005.

“It is an honor to continue my service to the Birmingham and Bessemer communities in the role of President at Lawson State and I look forward to working alongside other community leaders to forge a better future for our region,” said Dr. Anthony. “I care deeply about the Lawson State community and I’m eager to continue our successful efforts to prepare students for their best possible future. Go Cougars!”

Dr. Anthony’s tenure as President at Lawson State Community College will begin on April 1, 2021.

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About Lawson State Community College
Lawson State Community College provides affordable and accessible quality educational opportunities, promotes economic growth, and enhances the quality of life for the diverse communities it serves. Through varied instructional modes and lifelong learning opportunities, the College prepares students for gainful employment, career advancement, college transfer, and workforce development.

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Dr. Perry W. Ward, President of Lawson State Community College participated in a workforce development event at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The event marked the one-year anniversary of the Pledge to America’s Workers, an initiative created by the White House to educate and train the American workforce, recognizing the pledge many companies took to support workforce development efforts.

Among the 330 companies that signed on to take the pledge is Apple, who has committed 10,000 opportunities over the next five years for American students and workers. Lawson State Community College was one of the first schools to offer Apple’s App Development with Swift to prepare its students for jobs in the fast growing digital economy. This coding curriculum features tools, techniques, and concepts to build the basic iOS app from scratch. Beyond offering these new coding opportunities for its own students, Lawson State has played a leadership role in partnering with other community schools and organizations to bring coding to Birmingham college, high school and middle school students.

Lawson State launched the Swift Apps Certification Training program in January 2018 with three courses designed to provide instruction to future app developers on job skills needed in software development and information technology. Birmingham Can Code, in its second year at the College, has completed another successful summer boot camp with Birmingham metro area students being educated in the Swift Programming Language.

Lawson State Community College continues to be noted for its various partnerships and training initiatives, including workforce development. In 2011, Lawson State was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” because of the College’s impact and approach to promoting workforce and educational opportunities.

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About Lawson State Community College

Lawson State Community College provides affordable and accessible quality educational opportunities, promotes economic growth, and enhances the quality of life for the diverse communities it serves. Through varied instructional modes and lifelong learning opportunities, the College prepares students for gainful employment, career development, college transfer, and workforce development. For more information, visit www.lawsonstate.edu.