(COLUMBIA, S.C.) Midlands Technical College (MTC) President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames received the Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO). The award is given to one candidate annually in SACUBO’s 14-state region to recognize success in college business operations.
“Each year, SACUBO recognizes someone, nominated by his or her peers, who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of higher education business and financial management,” said John Crawford, Chair of the SACUBO Distinguished Service Committee. “We are pleased to present this year’s award to Dr. Rhames for his contributions and accomplishments.”
Rhames has contributed greatly to higher education and has held leadership roles in many national, regional, and local organizations over the years. He is a Past President of SACUBO, and most recently served as Chair of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Board of Directors for 2014-2015. Prior to being named president of MTC, Rhames served as MTC Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
“Dr. Rhames represents the ultimate success story,” said Crawford. “He’s on a personal trajectory that includes serving as SACUBO President, then moving on to chair NACUBO at the national level.”
Locally, Rhames is a member of the Columbia Rotary Club and serves on the board of directors for Midlands Middle College High School, Midlands Education and Business Alliance, EngenuitySC, Central Carolina/SC Alliance Board, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, MTC Foundation (Ex Officio), and on the board of trustees for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
“He is a living example of the importance that higher education can play in someone’s life,” Crawford said. “He has truly given so much to higher education through his personal achievements, his constant mentorship of others, and his thoughtful leadership.”
Dr. Rhames received an associate degree in management from MTC, a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Benedict College, a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University, and a doctorate of business administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is the first person to graduate from a South Carolina Technical College and go on to become its president.
SACUBO was founded in 1928 to inform higher education institutions in the southern region of the United States of issues that affect higher education. The purpose of the association is to foster, develop, and promote improved principles and efficient practices in the business and financial management of colleges and universities.