Ronnie L. Booth, Ph.D., President

Ronnie L. Booth, Ph.D.
Tri-County Technical College

Dr. Booth joined Tri-County Technical College as its third president in July, 2003. His vision is for Tri-County Technical College to become a role model in community college education through dedication to high standards, a nurturing environment, community alliances, and innovative leadership.

During his ten years at Tri-County, Dr. Booth has launched three community campuses in Anderson, Easley, and Seneca, two of which include QuickJobs Development Centers for workforce and industry training. He also opened the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Economic Development Center on the Pendleton Campus, a one-of-a-kind facility to train workers for new and expanding industries. In addition, he helped develop several important new initiatives, including the Bridge to Clemson program with Clemson University and the Connect to College program for high school drop-outs.

A native of Aiken, South Carolina, Dr. Booth came to Tri-County from Gainesville College in Gainesville, Georgia, where he served as vice president for external programs. He previously held positions at Aiken Technical College as director of financial aid and dean of students. He also served as assistant dean of the School of Education for External Programs, associate professor of Education, vice president for Student Affairs and Continuing Education, and vice president of Administrative Services at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. At Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, he served as director of Admissions and Enrollment Management and Faculty Associate. He also has held various staff positions in financial aid at the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, and Columbia International University in South Carolina. Before entering the field of higher education, he worked as an assistant construction liaison for E. I. Dupont de Nemours and Company, Aiken, SC.

Dr. Booth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a master's in Education in Student Personnel Services, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policies from the University of South Carolina. He also holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humanities from Clemson University.

His public service and professional activities include the AACC Board of Directors; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College Board of Trustees; chair of the Upstate Alliance Board; AACC Commission on Economic and Workforce Development; president of the Community Colleges of Appalachia Board; Anderson County Economic Development Board; Anderson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Alliance Pickens Board; WorkLink (Pendleton Workforce Investment Act) Board;  the Oconee Economic Development Commission; Pendleton Regional Education Center Advisory Board; President's Advisory Board at Clemson University; Leadership South Carolina Board of Trustees; SENIOR Solutions Board; and the Tamassee DAR School Board.

He is married to Sara Booth and they have two adult daughters, Ashley and Erin, both Clemson University graduates. They make their home in Clemson, SC.

(revised 4/19/13)

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