PENDLETON --- Cara Hamilton is Tri-County Technical College's new vice president for business affairs.  Hamilton, who has been serving in this role in an interim capacity for the past several months, accepted this new leadership role October 1.

The vice president for business affairs provides leadership to fiscal affairs, campus safety, information technology, physical plant, financial aid and auxiliary services.

Hamilton joined Tri-County in May, 2013, as director of fiscal affairs. In addition to providing leadership to the fiscal affairs office, she has served on numerous project teams, including service excellence, talent management, federal loan default management, Oconee County Workforce Development Center project and the information technology advisory committee.

Under her leadership, the business affairs office was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) in June.  For the 15th consecutive year, the Division received the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

            To be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government unit must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized CAFR whose contents conform to program standards.  Such CAFR must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.

Prior to joining Tri-County, Hamilton was employed as general manager and vice president of North American Distribution with Guardian Building Products in Greer.  Her previous work experience includes controller, auditor and accountancy positions for Regent Hospital Products in Greenville, American Trim Products in Travelers Rest, Lee Apparel Company in Merriam, KS and Deloitte in Kansas City, MO.

She holds a B.S. in accounting from Kansas State University, an M.B.A. from Clemson University and a Certified Public Accounting license.

            She and her husband, Jim, reside in Anderson. They have two daughters.