Spartanburg Community College (SCC) has named Mr. Henry C. Giles, Jr., to the position of president, effective November 1, 2012. The Spartanburg County Commission for Technical and Community Education, the governing body of SCC, announced Giles’ selection today, making him the College’s sixth president in its almost fifty years of educational service to residents of Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties.
“On behalf of the Spartanburg County Commission, I am delighted to announce that Mr. Henry C. Giles, Jr. is the unanimous choice of our commissioners as SCC’s next president,” said Mr. Bruce Johnson, Commission chair. “After a nationwide search, we are confident that Mr. Giles’ leadership, experience and vision will move the College forward in the coming years as we fulfill our vision and mission of ‘changing the lives and building the futures of our students while acting as a catalyst for economic development through innovation, collaboration and excellence in educational programs and services.’ ”
Giles currently serves as SCC’s interim president and executive vice president for Business Affairs, and has been employed at the College since 1969 when he began his career teaching mathematics. He 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, Mr. 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.
“Spartanburg Community College is an outstanding institution of higher education, and I look forward to continuing my work with an institution that makes such a difference in the lives of students and the livelihood of our local and state economy,” explains Giles. “Thank you to our dedicated Commission for this tremendous opportunity to continue working with our faculty and staff, all of whom share my dedication to serving our students as well as our business and industry partners.”
In addition to Giles’ experience and leadership in higher education, he is also active in the 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.
SCC’s extensive search for the next president began with a search committee that included 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. After reviewing over one hundred applicants, the search was narrowed to four final candidates including 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. The 13-member commission, made up of members from across the College’s three-county service area, made the final selection for SCC’s next president. Giles replaces Dr. Para M. Jones who served as SCC’s president until earlier this year when she left to become president of Stark State College of Technology in North Canton, OH.
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