Board of Directors

  • SCC Foundation Board of Directors Spotlight

  • Business and community leaders representing the Spartanburg Community College’s service area: Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee Counties, form the Board of Directors that oversees the work of the SCC Foundation. With representatives from manufacturing to ministry, this diverse group of volunteers offer their expertise in identifying and obtaining funding to help SCC students achieve career success, while meeting the workforce needs of Upstate business and industry. 

John Robbins | August 2020

John RobbinsJohn N. Robbins, Board Member

A native and resident of Union County, John N. Robbins plays an advocacy role on the Spartanburg Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

Service on the SCC Foundation board is an opportunity to represent and support an area of the Upstate where SCC operates a campus offering technical training for many of SCC’s certificate, diploma and degree programs.

“Serving on the SCC Foundation board allows me to provide feedback and input for Union County,” he says.

Robbins is Human Resources Manager at The Timken Company’s Tyger River Plant, which employs 300 Union County workers. He says his biggest accomplishment was his participation in Tyger River’s restructuring project that helped the Upstate SC plant achieve efficiency and cost competitiveness in a global market.

A global industrial leader with a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and power transmission product brands, The Timken Company employs 18,000 worldwide.

When not working, Robbins enjoys time with his family, hunting and classic automobiles. He also volunteers his time with United Way and the Boy Scouts.  




      1. 2020 Spotlights

          • Kathy Sinclair | July 2020

          • Kathy Sinclair July 2020

            As Vice President, Human Resources at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Kathy Sinclair sees the value of Spartanburg Community College Foundation up close.

             “My organization has always had a strong relationship with SCC as students join the hospital after attaining education and certifications,” Sinclair says. “I realized the value that the Foundation provides to support the College and I wanted to participate in those efforts.”

             Now in her sixth year as a member of the SCC Foundation Board of Directors and recently voted Board Chair, Sinclair has been involved in strategic and financial planning, as well as improved marketing of the Foundation and its major events.

             Supporting the SCC Foundation mission of generating resources to assist SCC students, faculty and staff is something Sinclair takes earnestly and enthusiastically. With more than 9,500 associates across Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System looks to SCC and its programs of study to help staff four hospitals, post-acute services, nursing home facilities and more than 100 physician practices.

            “The key is to raise funding to support student education,” says Sinclair, a Spartanburg native.

             With responsibility for employee recruitment and relations, organization development and education, compensation and benefits, employee diversity and inclusion and the system’s child development center, Sinclair sees her biggest accomplishment as taking an active role in implementing myriad projects to improve and maintain the culture of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. 

            When not at work, Sinclair enjoys gardening, camping and boating with friends. She is married with two sons.

        • Grant Burns | June 2020

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          Grant Burns

          Board Member

          As Vice President and General Council at AFL, a global fiber optics manufacturer employing more than 1,000 people in Spartanburg County, Grant Burns knows firsthand the value of Spartanburg Community College and its Foundation. 

          “As state budgets come and go each year, the trend has been for higher education institutions to look increasingly to private support to continue to grow and prosper,” Burns said. “A strong foundation is crucial to developing such support.” 

          At AFL, Burns’ responsibilities include legal, compliance, international trade, government relations and human resources. His company’s reliance on area workforce development led him to join the SCC Foundation board in 2015. 

          “I had previous experience in higher education boards and with my company’s dependence on SCC for a strong workforce, I was excited to get involved,” he said. 

          Since joining the SCC Foundation board, Burns has been involved in recruiting board members and staff for the foundation and recently served on the search committee for SCC’s next president. 

          Away from work, Burns is a casual golfer and enjoys reading and writing. He has authored two local history books. He is married to Julia Leonard Burns and the couple have two grown sons.

         Linda Hannon | May 2020

        • Featured profile photo of Linda HannonLinda Hannon
          Chair, SCC Foundation Board of Directors

          As district manager for one of the Upstate’s major employers, Linda Hannon gets a firsthand look at the workforce gaps in our community. That’s why she wanted to serve on the Spartanburg Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

          “Spartanburg Community College plays a vital role in working closely with businesses and industry to determine workforce needs and works to help fill those gaps,” said Hannon, who oversees government and community relations for Spartanburg and Greenville counties as district manager for Duke Energy.

          The SCC Foundation’s mission to secure innovative funding opportunities and other significant gifts to support the goals of the college is one that Hannon embraces.

          “I hope my involvement supports and bolsters opportunities for students to complete their education and provide support in times of need,” she says.

          A native of Greer, Hannon wanted to get more involved in the community after returning to the Upstate from the Charlotte NC area about six years ago. Now serving her fifth year on the SCC Foundation Board, Hannon presently is board chair.

          Despite a considerable resume and an extensive list of community and civic involvement, Hannon cites her personal life rather than her professional one when asked about her greatest accomplishment.

          “My greatest accomplishment is my family,” she says. “My husband and I have two sons that we are most proud of; Luke and Reese.”