Midlands Technical College President Announces Retirement Plans

Dr. Ronald L. Rhames has announced his plans to retire as president of one of the largest technical colleges in South Carolina. Rhames has been a part of the MTC family for 35 years: two years as a student and 33 as an employee, which includes eight years as the college president.

“We impact lives here at MTC. Little did I know back then how much MTC would impact mine. During my time here, we’ve done some remarkable things, and I am confident that when I retire, the college will continue to do remarkable things on behalf of our students, their families, and our community,” said Rhames.

Dr. Rhames is the first graduate of any South Carolina Technical College to become president of a S.C. technical college and the first African American President of MTC. As president, Dr. Rhames provides unique insight and leadership that is innovative, visionary, and effective in addressing the challenges and opportunities of the college.

“The promise we make to our students at Midlands Tech is ‘You can get anywhere from here,’” said Sandra Jackson, chair of the Midlands Technical College Commission and an alumna of MTC. “To deliver on that promise requires passion, diligence, and imagination. Our community saw those traits in Dr. Rhames and knew that he was the right person to serve as president at the right time.”

Rhames became the sixth President of Midlands Technical College on March 1, 2015. As president, Dr. Rhames is MTC's Chief Executive Officer and is accountable to the MTC Commission, the college's board of trustees. Dr. Rhames began his career with the college in 1990, previously serving as MTC's Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

The Midlands Technical College Commission will launch a nationwide presidential search for the best candidate to continue advancing the MTC mission. Dr. Rhames is expected to retire by June 30, 2024.

About Midlands Technical College
Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a six-campus, two-year comprehensive community college serving Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties in South Carolina. The college provides higher education opportunities that stimulate the local economy by generating a world-class workforce and enhancing the social vitality of the community. MIDLANDSTECH.EDU.

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