Tony Gaddis - HCC Instructor Pens Textbooks Used World-Wide

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“I owe a huge part of my success to HCC. I started my higher education and teaching here,” explains Tony Gaddis, author of 14 textbooks.

Tony Gaddis, 1981 Haywood Community College Business Administration and 1985 Electronic Data Processing graduate, has penned computer programming textbooks that are used in hundreds of universities world-wide.

When Gaddis started writing, he wasn't sure his book would succeed because the market was saturated. But his book was different. He wrote it with his HCC students in mind, and that was just what the market needed.

For the first four years, Gaddis’ book sales doubled annually. He is now one of the most successful computer science authors, with 14 books bearing his name. His books are published by Addison-Wesley.

After graduating from HCC, Gaddis continued his education, earning bachelors and masters degrees. He was a faculty member at the Institute for College and University Teaching, and he spent a summer teaching at NASA.

Tony began teaching at HCC in 1987. He received the NC Community College Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994 and the Teaching Excellence award from the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development in 1997.