College Commission

Mr. W.H. "Ham" Hudson, of Seneca, was appointed in 2001 to represent Oconee County on the Commission and represents Oconee County on a continuing basis." He retired in 2003 as President and CEO of Oconee Memorial Hospital where he had served for 32 years. Upon his retirement, he was named President and CEO Emeritus.

Mr. Hudson is a former board member and chair of Palmetto Hospital Trust Services, Ltd., the South Carolina Hospital Association, and a former South Carolina delegate to the American Hospital Association. He received the S.C. Hospital Association's Merit Award in 1983, the Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1992, and the PHTS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He is a Life Fellow of The American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of Seneca Baptist Church. He holds a B.A. in Business and Sociology from Limestone College and a Certificate in Hospital Administration from Charlotte Memorial Hospital in North Carolina.

Upon his retirement in 2003, he was inducted into The Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina.

Mr. Leon "Butch" Harris, of Anderson, is Chair of the Commission. He was appointed to the Commission in 2008 to represent Anderson County. His current appointment is May 2014 through May 2017. He is past chair of the finance committee and past member of the building committee.

Mr. Harris began his career at Torrington (then Timken, now JTEKT/Koyo) in 1976 after earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Clemson University and has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1981. He has worked in various engineering and management capacities at several plants in this region, including plant manager positions in Honea Path and Walhalla, SC, and Canton, GA. He is currently project manager for new business growth.

His professional and civic affiliations have included serving as chair of several local organizations, including the WorkLink workforce investment board, the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, the Laurens County United Way Campaign Committee, and the American Society for Metals upstate chapter. He is also past president of the Honea Path Civitan Club. He has served as a board member for the Honea Path Rescue Squad, Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Anderson County Vocational Rehabilitation Center, the Anderson County Business-Education Partnership, the Partnership for Academic & Career Education, and the Anderson County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

He, his wife Beth, and daughter Sarah are members of Concord Baptist Church in Anderson.

Mr. D. Pruitt Martin, of Anderson, was appointed to the Commission in 2004 and represents Anderson County. His current appointment is April 2012 - April 2015. 

Mr. Martin has 35 years of banking experience and is the Senior Vice President at Carolina Alliance Bank. He holds a B. S. in Banking and Finance from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the School of Retail Bank Management at the University of Virginia.

He is a former member of the Anderson Rotary Club. He also is the former chairman of the Board of Directors for the Anderson Area YMCA, former president of the Anderson Country Club, and a member and past chairman of the Young Bankers Division of the South Carolina Bankers Association. He also has served on the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Mr. Tom Hendricks, of Liberty, was appointed to represent Pickens County in April 2014. His term expires April, 2018.

Mr. Hendricks is a military veteran who after 20 years of service in the Army, retired and entered public service. He served as the Pickens County Administrator from 1989 - 99 and later Administrator for Oconee County from 2006 until his retirement in 2007.

Mr. Hendricks entered military service in 1966. He is a graduate of Infantry Officers Candidate School and was a member of Special Forces (5th SFGA SOG) in Vietnam. His duty assignments were with 8th SFGA in Panama, the 82nd Airborne Division and Military Police in Virginia. He served in various staff positions, including a joint NATO Planning Staff. He graduated with honors from Fayetteville State University and the Army's Command and General Staff College. He retired from the Army in 1986 with the rank of Major.

Mr. William Milton Ponder III, of Dacusville, is Secretary of the Commission.  He was appointed to the Commission in April 2010, to represent Pickens County. His term of service expires April 2016. Mr. Ponder served as director of school and community information and later as hearing officer and director of student services for the School District of Pickens County until his retirement in 2008. Ponder is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School and formerly worked as an attorney with the law firm of Finley, Ponder and Warlick. He is a retired colonel with the United States Army Reserve and is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, Pickens County Bar Association, American Legion Post No. 11, Keowee Lodge No. 789 AFM, Fraternal Order of the Police and the board of directors of Pickens Savings and Loan Association. His past community affiliations include serving as president of the Pickens County United Way, chair of Pickens County Forestry Board, a member of the South Carolina Truancy Task Force, the Youth Advocate Program Board of Directors, Pickens County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Rocky Bottom Camp for the Blind Advisory Board, and chair of the Pickens County Salvation Army Advisory Board

Mr. John Powell, of Walhalla, representd Oconee County. He has represented Oconee County since January 2010 and serves on a continuing basis. He is the second alumnus in the history of the College to serve on its governing board.

Powell is the owner/broker of Powell Real Estate located in Walhalla, SC. He also owns a cattle farm and has been involved in the creation of 36 subdivisions, including being a partner in Falcon's Lair Golf Community in Walhalla. He also is a partner in eight Subway franchises in Upstate SC.   He serves on the Tri-County Technical College Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a past member of the Business Technology Advisory Committee. In 2009, he received Tri-County Technical College's Distinguished Alumni Award.  He is a past member of the Oconee Medical Center (OMC) Board of Directors and served as chairman from 1995 - 1998. He also chaired the OMC Building Committee, as well as the Oconee County School Task Force. He is a former member of the State Disabilities and Special Needs Board and currently serves on the board of directors for Table Rock Retreat Center and the Business-Education-Industry Organization in Oconee County.

Dr. Valerie R. Ramsey, of Easley, was appointed to represent Pickens County in April 2014. Her term expires April 2017. Dr. Ramsey retired in 2009 as the Chief Business Officer for the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University.

Since 2011 she has been an adjunct professor at Southern Wesleyan University teaching adult and graduate studies courses in the school of business and the school of education. She previously served on the Commission from 2005 – 2009. She was the first alumna in the history of the College to serve on its governing board and the first Tri-County Commissioner to serve on a national committee with the Association of Community College Trustees. Since Dr. Ramsey’s retirement, she chaired the Board of Directors of the Pickens County United Way from 2011 – 13. Previous appointments include Financial Aid Audit Committee for the Association of Community College Trustees (2010 – 11); Tri-County’s representative on the SC Association of Community College Trustees; and a member of the Board of Regents for Leadership Pickens County (2008 – 11). She also was dean of Oolenoy River Baptist Education and Missionary Association of Christian Education from 2011 – 13. In 2006 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Tri-County and in 2004 was named Clemson University’s recipient of the Board of Trustees Award for Staff Excellence.

Dr. Ramsey holds bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Southern Wesleyan University, as well as a master’s in Human Resource Development from Clemson University. She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Clemson in 2003. Dr. Ramsey earned a master of Ministry degree at SWU in 2008.

Mrs. Helen Rosemond Saunders, of Seneca, represents Oconee County. She was appointed in 1993 and represents Oconee County on a continuing basis. In 1997, she was elected to serve as vice chair of the Commission and later served as chair from 2007-2011.

A veteran educator, she taught home economics in the public schools of Seneca for 20 years before becoming a guidance counselor at Seneca High School in 1986. She became Director of Guidance at the school in 1991 and retired from public education in 2005. Ms. Rosemond-Saunders is a life member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the oldest black sorority in the nation and has served as Cluster VIII Coordinator of the South Atlantic Region. She also has served as president and vice president of the Epsilon Tau Omega Chapter in Greenville, SC, and as graduate advisor of the Lambda Theta Chapter at Clemson University.

She was elected in 2012 to serve as a member of the Diversity Committee of the Association of Community College Trustees. She also serves as secretary for the S.C. Association of Technical College Commissioners; serves on the Oconee/Pickens Wachovia Board; is a member of Tri-County Technical College's Access and Equity Advisory Board; is past recording secretary of the National Alumni Association of South Carolina State University; and is a past board member of the Oconee County United Way.

She has a bachelor's degree in Home Economics from South Carolina State University, a master's degree in Nutritional Science from Clemson University, and 30-plus certification in Secondary School Guidance from Clemson University. She is a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Westminster.

Mr. J. Allard (Al) Young, of Honea Path, was appointed to the Commission in 2011 to represent Anderson County. His current term expires April 2016.

Mr. Young is retired president and CEO of The Commercial Bank in Honea Path, a position he for 18 years. Prior to that he was senior vice president of BB&T in Belton for 12 years and served as president of Latta Bank and Trust Company from 1977 - 84. He began his career in banking with First Citizens Bank and Trust in Dillon, SC, as a management trainee and was promoted to vice president.

Mr. Young is a member of the board and past president of the Independent Banks of South Carolina at the organization's annual convention. He is a former member of the board of directors for the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jennie Erwin Library. He is past president of the Watkins Community Center, Inc., is a member and past president of the Honea Path Civitans, and is a past chairman of the South Carolina Bankers Association Community Bankers Council. In 2000 and 2006 he was recognized as the Civitan of the Year by the Honea Path Civitans. In 2014, he was awarded the "Order of the Silver Crescent" by Governor Nikki Haley.

A native of Florence, he studied heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology at Florence Darlington Technical College and later graduated from the University of Alabama where he earned a bachelor of science degree in administrative sciences. He also is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, the National Commercial Lending Graduate School at the University of Oklahoma, the Graduate School of Bank Investments at the University of Oklahoma and the South Carolina Bankers School at the University of South Carolina. In addition, Mr. Young served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He is a member of Belton Presbyterian Church, where he s9erves as an elder. He is married to the former Judith Allen. They have a son, Carl, and a daughter, Carrie.



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