Spartanburg Community College has marked its 50th anniversary by naming three buildings on the main campus after its three earliest presidents.
During the college’s anniversary gala in February, college officials announced that three buildings were being named for P. Dan Hull, who was president from 1962 to 1970; Joe D. Gault, president from 1970 to 1985; and Jack A. Powers, who served as president from 1985 to 1996.
“The (renamed) buildings correspond with significant achievements made during each of the presidents’ tenures,” said college spokeswoman Cheri Anderson-Hucks.
SCC President Henry Giles said Hull, Gault and Powers laid a strong foundation for what was first known as the Spartanburg Technical Education Center and later Spartanburg Technical College. Their leadership allowed the college to grow into what it is today, Giles said.
“Given the 34 cumulative years of service from these past presidents, and since they are all still living in Spartanburg, we could not let a special occasion like our 50th anniversary celebration pass without expressing our appreciation for their many contributions to our college and our community,” Giles said.
Spartanburg Community College was the first Technical Education Center in the region. Since the 1960s, the college has marked numerous expansions, including the recent opening of a campus in the historic Evins Building in downtown Spartanburg. The college also recently announced a $5.9 million expansion at the Cherokee County campus.
In addition to the main, downtown and Cherokee County campuses, the college also includes a Tyger River campus and the Union County Advanced Technology Center. A total of 5,864 students attend classes at the campuses, Anderson-Hucks said.
The campuses have been celebrating the college’s 50th anniversary with cupcakes and photo booths with 1960s-era props, Anderson-Hucks said.
On May 20, the main campus is planning an open house from 3-7 p.m., to which the public is invited.
“It’s a thank you to the community for their support, and it’s a good opportunity to remind folks about what we do and our offerings,” Anderson-Hucks said.
Business partners, such as Michelin, BMW and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, will be guests, as well as representatives from the college’s education partners, including the University of South Carolina Upstate, Converse, Wofford, Limestone, USC in Columbia, Clemson and Sherman Chiropractic colleges.
“We’ve been here 50 years because of these partnerships,” Anderson-Hucks said.
Cornhole, a rock climbing wall and live music also will be part of the open house. Those attending should be prepared for a battle of the college mascots, Anderson-Hucks said.
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