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CONTACT:  TIM BOWEN, 260-6705 or tbowen3@tctc.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           8/15/2019


PENDLETON --- Tim Bowen earned the highest award given to staff at Tri-County Technical College today at an annual fall convocation. 

Bowen, who has served as director of Tri-County Technical College’s Anderson Campus since 2009, received the Presidential Medallion for Staff Excellence.  President Galen DeHay presented him the medallion. 

“I am so appreciative of this award, but the recognition really is a team award.  I want to thank my Anderson Campus family for their support.  I am reminded every day this is not a job, but a calling.  We are changing people’s lives every day.  I’m proud and privileged to be a part of that,” said the Seneca native. 

“I have always admired Tim’s ability to bring a team together and work through various issues systematically to yield an outcome that is best for the student.  He is always willing to do what is best for our students,” said Dr. Brian Swords, senior director of community campuses and training centers, in his nomination letter. 

Dr. Swords referenced several examples where Bowen has gone above and beyond his day-to day-duties.

He added that Bowen has served as a “consensus builder” in establishing synchronous video courses, known as Polycom.

Last summer class scheduling opened up with the use of class meetings through PolyCom videoconferencing that allows instructors to teach synchronously across the network.

“The use of the video conferencing systems allows us to maximize the use of our teaching resources, while combining low enrollment sections that we may not have been able to offer at our community campuses as individual, stand-alone courses,” said Dr. Swords.  Using Skype software and PolyCom videoconferencing allows students at all of our community campuses to engage live with an instructor on any campus,” he said. 

“Tim’s continued teamwork on this project resulted in many classes being offered that would otherwise have been cancelled,” he added. 

Over the last two years, Bowen took the lead on gathering officials from Anderson School Districts 3, 4 and 5 and Tri-County officials to discuss the new Anderson Institute of Technology (AIT) /Career Center that opened August 11.  Over the past 18 months, he led a work group to identify opportunities for students and possible ways that Tri-County could partner with AIT to prevent replication of services, while also attempting to serve and provide more opportunities for students. 

“This has yielded a model that we will be using with our Oconee Campus once the new School District of Oconee County‘s career center is built on the same site,” said Dr. Swords.

Tri-County Librarian Mary Orem says she was impressed with his “approachable leadership style that grows the kinds of connections that allow individuals to develop their best self.”

“Tim understands that personal development is a lifelong process,” said Orem, adding that he has developed and facilitated a professional development framework for student affairs professionals in the Student Support and Engagement Division, where she works.

“Tim always ensures that each interaction he has with someone is a positive experience,” said Orem, in her letter of support.  “By understanding that a happy customer is a customer for life, he always works to assist individuals in making good decisions in a manner that reflects positively on the College.”

Orem says he has served as a mentor to her since she joined the College. “People trust and appreciate what he has to say.  Tim understands that when you lift up those around you, you all rise together.”

Bowen is active in the Anderson community.  He is a founding director of the Anderson Area Business and Education Alliance (AABEA) which formed as an outcome of his participation in Leadership Anderson in 2010. He continues to work with AABEA to bring together Anderson area businesses, industry and education to ensure a world class workforce.

He also is a member of the Anderson Rotary Club and works regularly with the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development offices on various initiatives.

“Tim consistently identifies ways to partner with other organizations to help us meet the needs of and increase opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Swords.  “He always put students first in any decision that is made, and he’s well respected by his peers and supervisors.  I truly value Tim’s contributions as a member of the community campus group.”

Prior to joining Tri-County Bowen spent 12 years at Clemson University, his last position being executive director of organizational effectiveness for Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT).

Bowen has more than 24 years of professional experience in multiple areas of higher education, communications, public relations and ministry.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Winthrop University and a Master of Divinity degree from Erskine Theological Seminary.  Prior to working for Clemson’s CCIT Division, he was associate director for University Housing.     

Bowen also has served as minister of music and education for First Baptist Church in Westminster and in corporate communications for Duke Power Company in Charlotte, NC.

Bowen and his wife, Pam, live in Seneca.