UDC's Board of Trustees
Dr. Anthony Tardd
Dr. Anthony Tardd is a life-long educator and was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Mayor Vincent Gray in April 2013. His career spans over 40 years in education and includes the roles of high school social studies teacher with the DC Public School System, junior high school social studies teacher with the Arlington County Public School System, and 38 years in higher education as a faculty member and college administrator. He has served as the Executive Vice President of Northern Virginia Community College, Provost (CEO) of two Northern Virginia Community College campuses, director of four NOVA off-campus centers, Dean of Students and Assistant for Campus & Instructional Development, Dean of the Math, Science, Computer Science Division, Coordinator of Student Benefits and Support Services, and Coordinator of Counseling.
Dr. Tardd has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Schools of Education at George Mason University and also at Virginia Tech. He has also served on doctoral defense committees at Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, George Washington University, and George Mason University.
Dr. Tardd’s knowledge of and familiarity with higher education in the United States includes not only his employment in the sector for many years but also as a volunteer peer reviewer in the accreditation process of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges for more than 25 institutions in the southeastern part of the United States. He rose through the ranks of the peer review process first serving as a team member who reviewed governance, educational programs, faculty credentials and student services issues to that of Chair of review committees.
Dr. Tardd is a third generation Washingtonian and has lived in the city all of his life. He attended D.C. Public Schools and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. He attended Howard University from which he received both a bachelor’s in Economics and master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. After receiving his master’s degree from Howard University he attended George Washington University and subsequently attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) from which he received his doctorate in Counseling and Student Personnel Services with a cognate in Higher Education Administration.
Dr. Tardd has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, the Manassas City Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Committee Loudoun School Business Partnership, the NOVA/Alexandria Public Schools Project Discovery (project designed to introduce students of color to two and four-year colleges), the Loudoun Public Schools Selection Committee for Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Principal Award, and the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission. He has also served on the boards of the Northern Virginia Center of Old Dominion University, and of the Northern Virginia Center of the University of Virginia. Dr. Tardd holds and has held membership in the AACC Council on Black American Affairs, President’s Roundtable, National Articulation and Transfer Committee, and RAMC. He has also served as a Field Reader for the USDOE– Trio Programs (title 3), and as a Judge for the Virginia Statewide Science Fair.
Dr. Tardd has received leadership awards from the NOVA Board of Trustees, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, VCCS Academic and Student Affairs Council, and Loudoun County Public Schools. He was named by Northern Virginia Community College a Professor Emeritus, and he was recognized by the Virginia General Assembly for Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Dr. Tardd is married and the proud father of three adult children and four grandchildren.