Thursday, December 6, 2012
Larry Smith Hugh Burgess Linda Bacigalupo Nancy Hedrick Dave Eldridge

Pictured from top to bottom:  Larry Smith, Hugh Burgess, Linda Bacigalupo, Nancy Hedrick, and Dave Eldridge

Tri-County’s Foundation Board Welcomes Five New Members



(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- Five community leaders have been elected to serve on Tri-County Technical College's Foundation Board of Directors.

Joining the Board's current members are Hugh Burgess, representing Anderson County, Linda Bacigalupo, Dave Eldridge and Larry Smith, all representing Oconee County, and Nancy Hedrick representing Pickens County.

Members of the Foundation Board raise money to supplement appropriations thereby helping the College to meet the educational needs of the citizens of the tri-county area.

Mr. Burgess is president and managing partner of Consolidated Southern Industries (CSI), a mechanical, electrical and general contractor services company located in Anderson. Prior to CSI, he spent 25 years in different engineering and management roles in manufacturing, including 11 as plant manager with Clark Schwebel in Anderson. His last position at Clark Schwebel was corporate director of engineering for Hexcel Schwebel. He left in 2001 to enter into a partnership in 2002 with Anderson businessman Carey Jones, who owned CSI.

His board memberships include Anderson University Board of Trustees; Anderson Federal Credit Union, supervisors committee chair; AnMed Health Foundation (vice chair), Foothills Gala and the Camellia Ball Sponsorship Committee supporting Pediatric Therapy Works. He is past chair of Anderson Interfaith Ministries Board and the Anderson Vocational Rehabilitation Board. He is a member of Welcome Baptist Church, where he is a deacon, treasurer and Sunday School teacher. He is a former board member of Leadership South Carolina and a former chair of the Anderson Area YMCA board.

He is a 1977 graduate of Tri-County's Engineering Technology program and has attended Limestone College as well as Southern Wesleyan University. At the spring 2011 commencement, he received the Tri-County's Distinguished Alumni Award, which highlights his dedication to his alma mater.

Mr. Burgess is married to Rita Prater Burgess and they live in Anderson.

Mrs. Bacigalupo is president of Tri Tech, USA in Liberty. She and her husband, Joe, own the custom manufacturing company that specializes in fabricated metal and plastic products for industrial, government and DOD customers in the United States and Canada. They relocated from Burlington, Vermont, to Liberty in 2009.

Mrs. Bacigalupo received a paralegal/accounting degree from Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT, and an accounting degree from Trinity College of Vermont. For two years she was a litigation administrator and paralegal for Connecticut General Life Insurance in CT.

Currently she is secretary/treasurer of Waterstone Property Owners Association and she serves on Clemson University's outdoor lab advisory board. She and her husband live in West Union.

Mr. Eldridge serves as director of Mountain Lakes Business Development Corporation which helps entrepreneurs to start businesses and create jobs in the tri-county area. He develops and coordinates training programs in association with Tri-County and Clemson University. He also serves as a SCORE counselor to small businesses.

After graduating from college and military service as an Army Officer in the special forces, Eldridge began his career with BF Goodrich. After a move to South Carolina to head up Goodrich's manufacturing facilities in the Carolinas, he settled in Columbia where he worked with the State Development Board, now the Department of Commerce, as its Director of International Division. He later became director of economic development. After 12 years he was recruited by North Carolina to serve as assistant secretary of commerce. Later he returned to the private sector to lead marketing and economic development for a major electric utility. Most recently he retired as the CEO of a manufacturing company in Florida.

His awards include the Fulbright Award and the Order of the Palmetto.

He and his wife, Margaret, live in Keowee Key.

Mr. Smith is plant operations manager for Schneider Electric in Seneca. He holds B.S. and MBA degrees from the University of Pittsburg. He is a member and president of the Oconee County Industrial Group, a member of SDOC Business Education Partnership and the Clemson University Continuing Education Board.

Since 1988, Schneider Electric has supported the Tri-County Technical College Foundation through annual gifts, all devoted to advancing educational opportunities and instruction. The company was honored with the College Foundation's 2010 Philanthropist of the Year award. This award is the Foundation's highest and most prestigious honor.

Mr. Smith and his wife, Judith, live in Seneca.

Ms. Hedrick is the former president and CEO of Computer Software Innovations, Inc. (CSI Technology Outfitters in Easley). She co-founded CSI in 1989. She recently sold the company that has grown from two employees to 250 today.

She holds a B.S. from the University of Missouri and continued her education in Computer Information Systems at Western Carolina University. She is a member of the Pendleton Regional Education Center Advisory Board and has served on the board of CompTIA (computer technology industry association) since early 2011 and on the CSI Board of Directors since 2005. She lives in Greenville.


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