Spartanburg, S.C. – With more than 65 years of combined service, Spartanburg Community College retirees Mr. Tommy Bulman and Ms. Myra Smith were recently inducted into the college’s Wall of Fame during a ceremony on the college’s central campus.
Established in 1998 to recognize SCC employees and community leaders who have provided outstanding service and contributions to the college, Bulman and Smith were selected for the Wall of Fame by the Spartanburg County Commission for Technical and Community Education. To date 19 individuals have been inducted.
Smith, who retired from the college earlier this year, earned an associate degree in business administration from the college in 1973. She served as a college work-study from 1971-1973 while earning her degree and began her career at SCC after graduation as an accounting clerk. She retired after 36 years of service as SCC’s director of finance.
“When I stepped on this campus 38 years ago as a student I loved this college,” said Smith. “When I first came here, we only had one campus with just two buildings — now look at us!”
Smith was a founding member of the SCC Alumni Association and was nominated as the South Carolina Technical Education Association’s Educator of the Year for the administrative category for 2004-2005. In 2009, she completed the South Carolina Certified Public Manger program.
“Myra quickly became recognized for her leadership on task forces that led to significant improvements in the college’s accounting department and processes.” said Henry Giles, SCC’s executive vice president of business affairs. “I have had the privilege of working with Myra for 18 years, and I know that her influence at this college will continue to be felt for many years to come.”
Bulman, who retired from SCC in 2005, earned a diploma in air conditioning in 1965 from SCC (then called the South Carolina Commission for Technical Education, Technical Education Center) and joined the college in 1974 as the maintenance supervisor. During his time at the college, Bulman obtained a diploma in industrial electronics, an associate degree in general technology and a general contractor’s license. He supervised the renovation and construction of multiple facilities on SCC’s central campus and the construction of the college’s two facilities on the Cherokee County Campus in Gaffney. He retired as SCC’s physical plant director after 31 years of service
“The icing on my cake was the chance to convert a 60-acre farm in Gaffney into one of the most beautiful campuses you have ever seen,” said Bulman. “I still take ownership in these campuses. I drive by and think, ‘there’s my tree’ or ‘that’s my yard’.”
In 2005 he was nominated for the A. Wade Martin “Innovator of the Year” award, the highest annual award presented by the South Carolina Technical College System.
Highlighting Bulman’s successes in obtaining grant funds for several campus-wide, energy management projects, Giles, said, “Tommy’s service will continue to positively impact this college for many years to come. The energy management renovations that he helped to implement save SCC, literally, tens of thousands of dollars every year.”
Dr. Dan L. Terhune, SCC president, formally presented Bulman and Smith with plaques honoring their years of outstanding service to the college and its students.
“Whenever there was a sacrifice to be made on behalf of the college, they made it,” said Terhune. “And I cannot recall in my 13 years of serving at SCC of ever asking one single thing of either person that they did not complete to the highest standards.”