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NewsFriday, July 20, 2012
Dr. Ronnie L. Booth to Address Graduates at Summer Commencement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/19/2012
CONTACT: LISA GARRETT, 646-1506
PENDLETON --- Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president of Tri-County Technical College, will deliver the College's summer commencement address Friday, August 3, at 6 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center.
Approximately 390 students will receive degrees, diplomas and/or certificates. In addition to families and guests of the graduates, alumni and other friends of the College are invited to attend the ceremony.
Dr. Booth became the College's third president on July 1, 2003. He came to Tri-County from Gainesville College, where he served as vice president for external programs. Prior to that he served as the College's associate vice president for academic affairs.
During his nine years at Tri-County, he has launched three community campuses in Anderson, Seneca and Easley. The Seneca and Easley campuses have QuickJobs Development Centers for workforce and industry training and a center in Anderson is under construction.
Dr. Booth also opened the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Economic Development Center, a one-of-a-kind facility on the Pendleton Campus to train workers for new and expanding industries. In addition, he launched the Connect to College (formerly Gateway to College) program for high school dropouts and the Bridge to Clemson program with Clemson University.
He holds a B.S. in Business Administration, an M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policies from the University of South Carolina and an M. A. in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Last year he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humanities from Clemson University.
His public service and professional activities include the Anderson County Economic Development Board; Anderson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Alliance Pickens Board (chair); WorkLink (Pendleton Workforce Investment Act) Board; the Community Colleges of Appalachia Board; vice chair/treasurer of the Upstate Alliance Board; the Collins Home & Family Ministries Advisory Board; the Oconee Economic Development Commission; Pendleton Regional Education Center Advisory Board; President's Advisory Board at Clemson University; AACC Commission on Economic and Workforce Development; the Oconee Alliance Board (chair); Anderson Sister Cities Association Board; the Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges; Leadership South Carolina Board of Trustees; SENIOR Solutions Board; and the Clemson Outdoor Lab Advisory Committee.