Our Professionals in Residence program is unique to New College connecting you with seasoned professionals committed to your success!

Our professionals offer career advice and mentorship on topics including career information, professionalism, job searching, networking, interviewing, resumes, and more. This committed team of volunteers values the powerful liberal arts honors education you receive from New College and can help you translate it into professional success. Contact the CEO to start getting career advice from a pro!

2021 – 2022 New College Professionals In Residence

Henry F. Anthony

Henry F. Anthony is the retired Vice President of Human Resources for Rollins, Inc, an S&P 500 company.

He has almost 40 years of corporate HR experience, including over 25 as the senior HR executive. As a human resources practitioner and consultant, he has worked with several large organizations in developing HR strategy, measurements and the leadership of the human resources function.  Prior to his position with Rollins, Inc., Henry was HR Practice Leader of Veritas Consulting Group, LLC. Before Veritas, he was Senior Vice President-Human Resources of a staffing and outsourcing firm. Henry also has served as Vice President-Human Resources of National Linen Service and as the head of HR for the North American operations of a British equipment company. Before these roles, he served in field HR roles with Pizza Hut and GTE.

He’s an expert on helping college students navigate the world of work providing an employer’s perspective. He has coached hundreds of college students at several universities assisting them in their career searches.

Patricia Courtois

For 40 years, Patricia, a Northwestern University alumnus, has lead brand communications, media relations, community relations and corporate philanthropy for companies and brands including Beatrice Foods, Sara Lee, Tropicana, Sweet ’N Low, Butter Buds, Sugar in the Raw and ClosetMaid.

During her tenure at Tropicana in Bradenton, Florida, she oversaw advertising, public relations and promotions for Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice and orchestrated its launch in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Patricia joined Clarke Advertising and Public Relations (later rebranded as C-Suite Communications) in 1999, and in January 2005, purchased the agency from founder Tim Clarke. In 2014, the agency was named a finalist for GrowFL’s Florida Companies to Watch. The firm was acquired by On Ideas, a Jacksonville headquartered marketing and communications consultancy in January 2017.

Patricia serves on the boards and executive leadership of many organizations including Senior Friendship Centers, Florida Studio Theatre, Doctors Hospital, All Faiths Food Bank and the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County. She is a former board member of the Sarasota County Arts Council, the Literacy Council of Sarasota and past president of the Sarasota Sunrise Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. She serves at the national level on the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) Florida Board of Governors and in their Women CEO Forum and in 2013, was a Finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year.

An advocate for liberal arts education, Patricia is the lead instructor and coordinator for the Certificate in Leadership program which teaches students the leadership skills needed to transition from college to career.

Matt Harper

Matt has been advising and mentoring entrepreneurs for the last six years since retiring from the U.S. Navy. He has experience with turnarounds, non-profits, traditional small-medium sized businesses and venture backed startups. He was the founding program director of a veteran business incubator in San Diego and to date, those companies have raised over $4.5M in debt and equity.

Matt’s previous role in Florida was Director of State College of Florida’s 26 West Incubator which works with startup companies and founders by providing mentors, curriculum and assistance raising money from debt and equity investors. One of 26 West’s incubated companies recently raised over $1.3M in a seed round of equity funding. Currently Matt is advising an equity back SaaS business and building an operating plan for a non-profit business accelerator that will serve Sarasota and the surrounding counties.

Matt is on the Board of Advisors for the Veteran Business Project and was on the Board of Directors of Kids’ Turn San Diego, a San Diego non-profit. He is a speaker on leadership and management, crisis leadership, entrepreneurship and veterans’ issues. Most recently he was featured on the Manage This Podcast.

Matt has a degree in History and Political Science from Boston University and a master’s in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. He is also an award-winning published author for an article detailing U.S.-Chinese relations titled Chinese Missiles and the Walmart Factor.