Dr. Anthony Ross Harrington is a native of Harnett County. He is a 1976 graduate of Boone Trail High School, Mamers, NC. He enrolled in Central Carolina Technical Institute's Radio TV program in the fall of 1976. He graduated in August 1977 with a Diploma in Radio TV.
In August 1977, Dr. Harrington hit the road to find his first radio job at 990 AM
W E E B in Southern Pines, NC. Dr. Harrington enrolled in Radio Engineering Institute at Fredericksburg, VA in September 1978 and graduated with a Diploma in Engineering. In October 1978, Dr. Harrington went to work at a new station in Harnett County, 1370 AM W L L N in Lillington, NC. While Dr. Harrington was working at W L L N, he decided to return to college to earn his BS degree. He enrolled at Central Carolina Technical College in August 1981 and earned an A.A. degree and he transferred to Campbell University and earned a BS in Social Science in May 1985.
Harrington taught for three years (1985-1988) at Harnett Central High School in Angier, NC as a Social Studies teacher and also served as Athletic Trainer for the football team. In 1986, Harrington returned to Campbell University and earned his M.Ed. in Education with Social Science credential in 1988. After graduation, Harrington applied for a new position with Central Carolina Community College as Lead Instructor of Radio-Television Broadcasting at Triton High School in Erwin, NC. This program was under the label of Huskins, in which 16 to 18 year olds could enroll in college courses. The college applied for a Radio station at 88.3 MHz on the FM dial on March 4, 1988. The station with call letters W U A W- FM signed on the air with 3000 watts of power on May 11, 1990. W U A W stands for What yoU Always Wanted. In the meantime, Dr. Harrington earned his Ed.S. degree in 1993 at Campbell University (what is known as the sixth year degree in public school jargon). This degree was in Curriculum and Administration. Dr. Harrington holds a North Carolina Teacher's Certificate with Social Science, Principal and Superintendent endorsements.
Dr. Harrington applied to North Carolina State University in January 1995 to obtain a Doctorate in Education in Adult and Community College Education Higher Education Division. Dr. Harrington obtained his Ed.D. in Higher Education ACCE in August 2000. Dr. Harrington's dissertation dealt with the GPA of native students at NCSU and community college transfer students: A Comparison. Dr. Harrington's dissertation is also published in Community College Journal, June 2002 as collaborated with Dr. J. Conrad Glass of NCSU's College of Education. Dr. Harrington is also published in Harnett County Heritage, 1993. Dr. Harrington has also contributed to Wikipedia in the area of radio station histories in the Lee, Harnett, Wake, Moore, and Cumberland counties.
In 1999, Dr. Harrington left Triton High School to come to the CCCC main campus where he has taught History courses since that time. Dr. Harrington also teaches adjunct for Campbell University Distance Education. Dr. Harrington was honored by Campbell University in 1993 as History Alumnus of the Year and by CCCC in 1998 as Alumnus of the Year by the Alumni Association. Dr. Harrington also serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for Campbell University, is a Lifetime Member of Friends of Education and Friends of the Library at Campbell University, is a Lifetime Member of Phi Kappa Phi and is a Chancellor's Circle member at NCSU in Raleigh. Dr. Harrington is also a member of the Advisory Council of BPT at CCCC and the Advisory Council of Department of Education at Campbell University. Dr. Harrington belongs to a host of professional organizations both in history, education and broadcasting. Dr. Harrington is currently wrapping up 25 years in education and over 35 years in radio broadcasting. Dr. Harrington attends Mount Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Broadway and is a member of the Session, the Chancel Choir and serves as the Clerk of the Session. Dr. Harrington is a member of the Buffalo Lodge # 172 AF and AM in Sanford, Valley of Raleigh Scottish Rite, and a Member of the Amran Shriners.