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

Professionals in Residence 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!

2022-2023 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.

Jim McDonald

Jim McDonald, a New College alumnus, is a lawyer, teacher, writer and public speaker.  

After New College, Jim graduated from law school at Georgetown University and then joined Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm.  He started with the firm in Atlanta where he primarily represented airlines in labor matters.  After six years in Atlanta the firm sent him to California to build a practice for the firm there.  He co-founded and built the firm’s largest office, in Irvine, California, and he helped to build five other offices for the firm in California as well as offices in Las Vegas and Phoenix.  At the same time, Jim started the firm’s marketing function with one employee and over time built a national marketing department that manages the firm’s branding, marketing, media, communications and business development activities.  

While in Irvine, Jim served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years, serving two terms as Board chair and several years as general counsel.  Jim also taught employment law for 16 years in the Human Resources Management Program at the University of California, Irvine.

Jim is the author of the book, California Employment Law: An Employer’s Guide, published annually by the Society for Human Resource Management.  He also was lead editor of two editions of the treatise, Mental and Emotional Injuries in Employment Litigation, published by Bloomberg/BNA and the first book to integrate psychiatry and workplace law.  He additionally has written numerous published law review articles and he is a frequent speaker on topics related to managing people and the law at work.  He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and holds the SHRM-SCP certification as well.

Jim is a member of the California and Florida Bars.  He now lives in the Sarasota area and practices in his firm’s Tampa and Irvine offices.  He credits his experience at New College for making such a diverse career in the law possible. New College taught him to think broadly, creatively and restlessly, and always to crave new challenges.