David Anthony Sam
Born in western Pennsylvania and raised in Michigan, Dr. David Anthony Sam was a first-generation college student who earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Eastern Michigan University and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
He has been a retail store owner/manager, a published poet, a college English teacher, and a college administrator. He served as a student affairs administrator at Marygrove College in Detroit and Oakland Community College in Michigan, as an academic administrator at Oakland and Jackson Community College in Michigan, and as chief academic officer and Vice President at Pensacola Junior College in Florida before becoming the fifth president of Germanna Community College in March of 2007.
Dr. Sam is married to Linda who has most recently been a developmental studies professor. They live in Culpeper County. Their daughter Michelle is married to Kevin and both are middle school teachers in Michigan where they raise their three children, Kaitlyn, Carter and Mackenzie. Their son Ryan is a graduate of Pensacola Junior College and works as a webmaster for Star Radio Group in Fredericksburg.
Dr. Sam also has consulted with colleges and nonprofit organizations in mission building and strategic planning. As hobbies, he enjoys reading, writing, photography, cooking, gardening, hiking, and nature walking. He serves on the Boards of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development, the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance for Economic Development, and for 2011-12 on the Council of Presidents for Virginia.
Updated: October 5, 2011