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Date: September 14, 2020
CONTACT: Lisa Garrett,

By Lisa Garrett

          PENDLETON --- Three community leaders have been elected to serve on Tri-County Technical College’s Foundation Board of Directors.

   Joining the Board’s current members are Lucas Durham, of Easley, Emily Ballenger Holland, of Anderson, and Amanda Taylor, of Simpsonville.

Members of the Foundation Board raise money to supplement appropriations thereby helping the College to meet the educational needs of the citizens of the tri-county area.

Durham is president of Landscape Perceptions in Liberty.  He is active with the United Way of Pickens County, Baptist Easley Hospital Foundation, Pickens County Farm Bureau Board, and Pickens County Meals on Wheels and is past chair of The Parenting Place.  Durham’s mother, the late Dr. C. Lynn Lewis, was former dean of the health education division at Tri-County Technical College.  A native of Easley, he attended Clemson University.  He and his wife, Ashley, live in Easley.

Ballenger Holland is president and CEO at Martin Holland Advertising.  Her board memberships include Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Anderson Area Arts Center executive committee, Grand South Bank advisory board and the Anderson Institute of Technology Graphic Design advisory board.  She is a former Clean Start board member.  She received a B.S. degree in advertising and a minor in English at the University of Texas at Austin where she was a competitive swimmer.  She is an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Anderson and a senior assembly member.  She and her husband, Shawn, live in Anderson with their two sons, Beckett Ace and Chapel Smiley Holland.

Taylor is regional director for AT&T South Carolina.  A graduate of the University of Phoenix, she began her career with AT&T 18 years ago.  She and her husband, Mark, and two daughters relocated from Arkansas to South Carolina in late 2019.  She currently serves on the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce board and the Greenville Chamber board of advisors.

“We’re excited to have these three new board members joining our ranks of distinguished community-minded business and industry leaders. I look forward to working with each of them as we continue to change lives, one student at a time,” said Grayson A. Kelly, vice president for institutional advancement and business relations at the College.


About Tri-County Technical College
Tri-County Technical College, a public two-year community and technical college serving Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties in South Carolina, enrolls more than 9,000 students annually and offers more than 70 major fields of study, including computer technology, industrial electronics, mechatronics, nursing, and university transfer programs. Tri-County boasts the highest student success rate among two-year colleges in the state and ranks in the top one percent nationally for successful student transfers to four-year colleges and universities.