She was voted public-sector director of the year at the Institute of Directors’ Scotland director of the year awards in Glasgow.
Ms Potter, who is to step down from her post in August, was hailed for her achievements in leading the successful merger of the further education colleges in Dundee and Angus to create the new campus.
With more than 9,000 students, more than 5,000 of them full-time, it is one of the largest FE colleges in Scotland and operates from three sites — Gardyne and Kingsway in Dundee, and Arbroath.
The college has been acclaimed for its close ties with industry and preparing the students of today for the jobs of tomorrow.
The Fife and Central Scotland regional director of the year was Paul Miller, chief executive of Eden Mill Distillery and Brewery at Guardbridge.
The emerging director prize went to Professor Sharon Bolton, head of the Stirling University management school.
The Tayside regional director of the year honour was also won by Ms Potter.
The emerging director prize went to Daniel Webster of joinery and carpentry company Webster Developments, Kinross.
The IoD Scotland director of the year accolade for an organisation with a turnover of more than £35 million went to Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport.
Ronnie Wayte, chief executive of funeral plan provider Golden Charter, won the award for the top director of an organisation with a turnover of up to £35m.
Ian McKay, chairman of IoD Scotland, said: “Ronnie’s leadership of funeral plan provider Golden Charter has produced an excellent solid performance over a prolonged period. The company has grown organically through diversification, a good team and board expertise.”
“Gordon’s motivational leadership, strong focus on customer service, improved infrastructure and the introduction of new routes has enhanced the attractiveness of Edinburgh Airport, making it a valuable asset for Edinburgh, and indeed Scotland.”
Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing said: “The Institute of Directors’ Scottish Awards provide a welcome annual opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations, and acknowledge that it underpins job creation and growth in our economy.
“The awards help showcase the innovation, diversity and excellence I see regularly across Scotland.”