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Commissioner Helen Rosemond-Saunders Honored with ACCT Award

College Commissioner Helen Rosemond-Saunders was named the Outstanding Trustee for the Southern Region by the national Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). She received the 2017 Southern Region ACCT Trustee Leadership Award at the annual fall conference.

An Oconee County native and retired educator, Mrs. Rosemond Saunders was appointed to serve on the Tri-County Technical College Commission in 1993.  In 1997 she was elected vice chair and later served as chair from 2007-11. Currently she serves on the curriculum committee.

The Tri-County Technical College Commission is the College’s governing board and is comprised of nine members representing Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.  Members are appointed by the Office of the Governor.

Earlier this year, Mrs. Rosemond-Saunders was named Commissioner of the Year for 2017 by the S.C. Association of Technical College Commissioners.

During her time as Commission chair, the College opened three community campuses, two QuickJobs Centers, and a state-of-the-art Industrial Technology Center. As an advocate for those from low socioeconomic backgrounds with limited opportunity to pursue higher education, Mrs. Rosemond-Saunders championed the Connect to College program for high school drop-outs and has served on the ACCT Diversity Committee. Her leadership has greatly contributed to the success of Tri-County, which currently has the highest student success rate in the S. C. Technical College System and ranks in the top five percent nationally for successful student transfers.