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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               3/12/19                                                                                           


PENDLETON --- Three candidates have been named as finalists to be the next President of Tri-County Technical College.


Dr. William C. Brothers, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Southwestern Community College; D. Galen DeHay, Senior Vice President, Tri-County Technical College; and Dr. Shannon L. Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Cleveland Community College, are the three finalists for the position. 

The finalists were announced by John Powell, chair of the Tri-County Technical College Commission, at a faculty/staff meeting March 12.

The finalists were selected by a screening committee that included Powell, Oconee County businessman and chair of the Tri-County Technical College Commission; Anthony G. Barker, member of the S.C. Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education; and Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, president of Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

The Tri-County Technical College Commission will interview the three finalists during the next several weeks and select the next president. A final decision is expected by May, 2019. The new president will assume his/her responsibilities July 1, 2019.

“I speak on behalf of the entire Commission when I pledge to you that our highest priority is to select the right person to lead this College on its future path,” said Powell.

Dr. Ronnie L. Booth announced last fall that he will retire as the third president of Tri-County Technical College effective June 30, 2019, after serving sixteen years as President.

Additional details about the finalists:

Dr. William C. Brothers serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC.  He is responsible for the business, human resources, and compliance functions of the college, including fiscal integrity, effective budget utilization, and adherence to applicable laws and regulations. His previous experience includes serving as Dean of Career Technologies, Accounting Program Coordinator, and Business Administration Instructor, also at Southwestern. His private sector experience includes Assistant Controller for Bank of Travelers Rest and Accountant for SC Telco Federal Credit Union. He holds a B.S. from Southern Wesleyan University, M.B.A. and M.E. degrees from Western Carolina University, Ed.S. and C.A.G.S. from Nova Southeastern University, and P.M.G.C. and C.A.G.S. from University of New England.

Galen DeHay serves as Senior Vice President for Tri-County Technical College. He provides leadership for all academic, student support, enrollment, and workforce development functions of the College, including Academic Affairs, Student Support and Engagement, College Transitions, Marketing, Research and Evaluation, and Integrated Workforce Solutions. His previous experience includes serving as Assistant Vice President for Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Science Department Head, and Biology Instructor, all at Tri-County Technical College. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clemson University and is a Dissertation Candidate (ABD) toward a Ph.D. from Clemson University.

Dr. Shannon L. Kennedy serves as Executive Vice President for Cleveland Community College in Shelby, NC.  She is responsible for providing leadership to the Library, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Business Office (CFO), Public Information, Marketing, and Physical Plant. Her previous experience includes serving as Executive Vice President of Instruction and Student Development, Dean of Community Relations and Institutional Advancement, Associate Dean of Community Relations and Development and Director of Public Information and Grants Development, all at Cleveland Community College. Previous experience includes serving as director of Foundation and Corporate Relations for Gardner Webb University and adjunct faculty teaching positions.   She holds a B.A. from Millersville University; M.A. from Gardner-Webb University, and Ed.D. from North Carolina State University.  


About Tri-County Technical College

Tri-County Technical College is a public two-year community and technical college serving Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties, South Carolina. The College enrolls more than 9,000 students annually and offers more than 70 academic majors and corporate and community education programs at four campuses and online. Tri-County Technical College boasts the highest student success rate among two-year colleges in the South Carolina and ranks in the top five percent nationally for successful student transfers to four-year colleges and universities.