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PENDLETON --- Tri-County Technical College honored former Foundation Board of Directors member and Anderson resident Mike Cannon October 24 with the highest award given by the College’s nine-member Commission.  President Ronnie L. Booth presented Mr. Cannon with the Order of Merit at the College's Annual Report luncheon.


The Order of Merit is an honorary society that recognizes community and state leaders who have contributed to the development of Tri-County Technical College and the State Technical College System.


             Mr. Cannon received a resolution of appreciation for his service to the Foundation Board and for his loyalty to Tri-County Technical College and its students.


“He came on the Board with a passion for the College’s mission and has been a longtime advocate for Tri-County Technical College,” said Dr. Booth. 


From 2001 – 2015 Mr. Cannon represented Anderson County on the Tri-County Technical College Foundation Board.


A longtime advocate for Tri-County and its mission, he supports the College through his contacts in the community, his attendance at College events and his generous support of the Foundation, both financially and personally.


He and his wife, Brenda, named the conference room at the Anderson Campus in 2007 in honor of their sons, Brooks and Ross.  Because of the Cannon’s love of reading and their desire to encourage young people to cultivate their talents and imagination, they chose to honor their sons by serving as patrons of the Tri-County Technical College Ruby S. Hicks Memorial Writing Contest for       many years.  They funded the cash awards for the winners of the competition that recognized the creative writing abilities of area high school students.


In addition to their major gifts, the Cannons also made unrestricted gifts, supported the 5k Race and made gifts in honor of friends.


Mr. Cannon also gives his time and resources to the planning and execution of the President’s Cup golf tournament.


He is active in his community with the Anderson County Disabilities Board and with the Special Olympics of SC, Anderson Area 14.