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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       9/20/2018

PENDLETON --- Grayson Kelly has been promoted to vice president for institutional advancement and business relations at Tri-County Technical College.

In addition to continuing in his role as executive director of Tri-County Technical College’s Foundation, he now has the added responsibilities of business relationship management with the College’s community partners.

Along with providing direct leadership to the Foundation operations and staff, alumni and grants functions of the College. Kelly is working to strengthen partnerships with existing business and industry using an Integrated Workforce Solutions model.

The College’s Integrated Workforce Solutions (IWS) committee engages credit and non-credit divisions in shared governance over numerous Tri-County/employer projects, such as the IBEST Manufacturing and IBEST Healthcare pathways and the Michelin Manufacturing Scholars program.

For the second year in a row, the Tri-County Technical College Foundation raised more than $1 million, with 46% of contributions being designated for endowed scholarships.  Other major gifts funded the purchase of equipment for the College’s new Oconee Campus, capital projects, robotics programs and educational/support services provided to our community’s 50 years of age or older population who are actively seeking employment.

The Tri-County Technical College Foundation remains the State’s largest technical college foundation with assets of more than $30 million.

Kelly joined the College in 2014.  Prior to that he was director of development and communications for the Blue Ridge Council, Boys Scouts of America in Greenville for three years.  He served as the chief development officer directing all fundraising, communications, marketing, and public relations for the Blue Ridge Council, a non-profit corporation serving more than 10,000 youth and 4,000 adult volunteers throughout the eight-county region of the Upstate.

Prior to joining the Blue Ridge Council, he worked as the Deputy Finance Director and Field Representative for former Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (SC-03).

He holds a B.S. in political science from Lander University and a master of business administration from Anderson University. He is -past president of the Rotary Club of Easley and former vice-chair of the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Mental Health Center Board. He currently serves on the Anderson County Transportation Committee and the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is a director for Imagine Anderson. He received the prestigious 20 under 40 Emerging Leaders award in 2015 which was presented by the Anderson Independent-Mail.

He and his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Finley, reside in Powdersville. They are members of Grace Church Powdersville.