As Spartanburg Community College approaches its fifth decade of providing affordable educational access and unwavering leadership in economic development to the residents of Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee Counties, the College is narrowing a search for the fifth president since its founding more than 49 years ago.
“After a nationwide search, four candidates have been selected as finalist for interview for the presidency of Spartanburg Community College,” explains Kandy Peacock, vice president for Human Resources / chief human resources officer with the South Carolina Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, the agency coordinating the search. “Thanks to the dedicated service of a search committee, four finalist selected from 112 applicants will be presented to the Spartanburg County Commission for Technical and Community Education for consideration. An extensive interview process will take place through September 27.”
Peacock adds that search committee members include Mr. Bruce Johnson, chairman of the Spartanburg County Commission; Ms. Tammy Devine, member and 4th congressional representative, State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education; and Dr. Ronnie Booth, president, Tri-County Technical College.
The final presidential candidates include Dr. Ben P. Dillard, III, of Piedmont, SC; Mr. Henry C. Giles, Jr., of Rutherfordton, NC; Dr. Richard J. Gough of West End, NC; and Dr. Randall E. Lee of Decatur, MS.
Dr. Ben P. Dillard, III currently works as a business development manager with an upstate staffing agency, and previously served as executive vice president at Greenville Technical College until January 2009. Dillard began his career with Greenville Tech in 1998 as director of continuing education. He was promoted to vice president for Corporate and Economic Development, and in January 2004 was named executive vice president for the College.
Dillard came to Greenville Tech with over 25 years of corporate and manufacturing experience, having previously served as site manager, operations manager, and manager of Contract Operations for Dow Chemical/DowBrands manufacturing facility formerly located in Mauldin, SC.
Dillard received a Bachelor of Arts from Newberry College as well as a Masters of Human Resource Development and a Doctorate in Education from Clemson University.
In addition to serving on the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership board of directors, Dillard served on the Greenville County Workforce Investment Board. Dillard also served as commissioner for the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department and an advisory board member of the Village
Hospital. In addition, he is a member of the advisory board for Clemson University’s Educational Leadership program at University Center Greenville, and is an active member of the Greenville Downtown Rotary Club.
Mr. Henry C. Giles, Jr., currently serves as the interim president and executive vice president for Business Affairs at Spartanburg Community College, and has been employed at the College since 1969 when he began his career teaching mathematics. Giles was first promoted at the College to the position of program coordinator for programs funded with the U.S. Department of Labor training grants, which is where he began his administrative career. Giles has also served as the College’s vice president for Development and vice president for Academic Affairs before being promoted to his current position of executive vice president for Business Affairs.
A native of Cowpens, SC, Giles received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Wofford College and a Master’s of Teaching in Mathematics from Converse College. He continued his educational pursuit by completing graduate work in Higher Education Administration with Nova University in Florida and management through the University of South Carolina.
Giles is active in his community and has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Spartanburg County Board of Education (now dissolved); Leadership Spartanburg Alumni Association; Spartanburg School District 7 Vocational Advisory Committee; Spartanburg School District 3 Leadership Council; Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce; East Spartanburg Area Council of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce; Healthy Smiles Board of Directors; Leadership Rutherfordton; and Rutherfordton Town Council.
Dr. Richard J. Gough is a seasoned educational leader known for providing vision that serves to inspire, motivate, and engage the populations served. His progressive career track in higher education and workforce training, including experiences in the university environment and community colleges in the North Carolina and Georgia, has given him a wide breadth of knowledge.
Dr. Gough’s background as an administrator, teacher, consultant, and facilitator in the North Carolina Community College System, the private sector, and the Department of the Navy has fostered a keen understanding of the continuum of learning. Previous professional experience includes the following:
– Executive Vice President, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC (2011 – present)
– Vice President for Business and Administrative Services, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC (2003 – 2010)
– Dean of Business Services, Montgomery Community College, Troy, NC (2001 – 2002)
– Senior Program Manager, Global Services Corp., Fayetteville, NC (2000 – 2001)
– Academic Director, Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, GA (1994 – 1997)
– Director of Planning, Research, and Total Quality Leadership, Marine Corps Bases Eastern Area, Cherry Point, NC (1993-1994)
– Commanding Officer, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron, Cherry Point, NC (1991 – 1993)
– Director of Occupational Training, Navy Maintenance and Supply Systems Office, Norfolk, VA (1984 – 1987)
– Instructor of Business Management, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC (2009 – present)
– Instructor of Physical Education, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC (2007 – present)
– Adjunct Faculty, Human Resources Management and Organizational Development, Park University, Parkville, MO (1993 – 1994)
– Adjunct Faculty, Craven Community College, New Bern, NC (1993 – 1994)
– Adjunct Faculty, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville, NC (1993 – 1994)
Dr. Gough holds a doctorate in higher education leadership from East Carolina University (2011); a master’s degree in human resources management from Pepperdine University (1980); a second master’s degree in management (concentration in finance and systems analysis) from the Naval Postgraduate School (1984); and a bachelor’s degree in social science (concentration in labor and industrial relations) from Michigan State University (1975). Dr. Gough’s dissertation is titled Stress Management of North Carolina Community College Presidents: The Influence of Emotional Intelligence.
Professional memberships and civic involvement includes the Association of College Administration Professionals; North Carolina Association of Community College Business Officers; National Association of College and University Business Officers; North Carolina Association of; Instructional Administrators; United Way of Moore County; O’Neal School Board of Trustees; Rotary International; Veterans of Foreign Wars; and the American Legion.
Dr. Randall E. Lee currently serves as the vice president for Student Services at East Central Community College in Decatur, MI. He has served his entire college career at community colleges in Mississippi, Missouri and Maine to include 16 years in senior-level positions as chief academic officer and chief student affairs officer. Additionally, he has taught online and in the traditional classroom as an adjunct instructor of psychology, leadership, honors and career exploration courses since 1993. Lee’s administrative leadership in three different accreditation regions and worldwide experiences as an Army officer has given him a breadth of knowledge and expansive diversity experiences.
Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Lee served eight years in the United States Army culminating in the command of an airborne medical unit within the 82d Airborne Division. He continues to serve in the Army reserves as the deputy commander of the 1st Medical Training Brigade at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and is a combat veteran having served a year in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Dr. Lee earned a Ph.D. in higher education with an emphasis in community college administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. His research focused on enrolling high academic ability students in community colleges. As an enrollment manager, he has achieved record enrollments at every institution he has served. Dr. Lee is a staunch advocate of community colleges, and he is a proud community college graduate.
“We are excited about this opportunity to name a new president who will lead SCC into a fifth decade of service,” explains Mr. Bruce Johnson, chair of the Spartanburg County Commission for Technical and Community Education. “I am appreciative to the search committee members for their tireless efforts to narrow our search for the next SCC leader. I am confident that our transition to the next president will be one of ease because of the strong leadership currently in place at the College as well as the dedicated faculty and staff, all who continue to focus on the College’s mission to ‘change the lives and build the futures of our students while acting as a catalyst for economic development through innovation, collaboration and excellence in educational programs and services.’ ”
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