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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 seven years at Tri-County, Dr. Booth has launched the College's first two branch campuses - the Anderson Campus and the Oconee Campus at the Hamilton Career Center. A third branch campus will open in Easley in January 2011. 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 has initiated several important new initiatives, including the Gateway to College program for high school drop-outs and the Bridge to Clemson program with Clemson University.
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. 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.
His public service and professional activities include the Anderson County Economic Development Board; Anderson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Alliance Pickens Board; WorkLink (Pendleton Workforce Investment Act) Board; the Community Colleges of Appalachia Board; Upstate Alliance Board; Anderson Rotary Club; the Collins Home & Family Ministries Board; the Oconee Economic Development Commission; Pendleton Regional Education Center Advisory Board; President's Advisory Board at Clemson University; chair of the S.C. Technical College Presidents' Council; and vice chair of the Oconee Alliance Board.
He is married to Sara Booth and they have two adult daughters, Ashley and Erin. They make their home in Clemson, SC.