June 29, 2017

George P. (Garry) Powers has been elected as the new chair of the Midlands Technical College (MTC) Commission. Powers, who previously served as the Commission’s vice chair, begins his two-year term as chair July 1. He represents Richland County on the MTC Commission, where he has been a member since 2009.

“Especially because of his economic development experience, Commissioner Powers has been a tremendous asset as a member of MTC’s governing board,” said MTC president Ronald L. Rhames. “I know he will make a positive impact on the MTC community in this new leadership role.”

Powers has more than 25 years of experience as an economic development professional, including service as the manager of research at the South Carolina Department of Commerce and director of economic development for Concurrent Technologies Corporation. In addition, he previously served as chair of the State Entrepreneurship Task Force, which was part of the South Carolina Competitiveness Council, and was appointed as a South Carolina representative on the Southern Technology Council.  He also represents MTC on the South Carolina Association of Technical College Commissioners.

Powers earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Houston and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Other new officers elected to the MTC Commission are:

•  Ms. Margaret U. Holmes, vice chair (Fairfield County)

•  Ms. Sandra J. Jackson, secretary (Richland County)

•  Mr. Ronald H. Burkett, treasurer (Lexington County)

“Midlands Technical College is a powerhouse for economic development in the Midlands,” said Powers.  “Our past commissioners have shown tremendous leadership making sure that continues, and it’s an honor to be chosen by my fellow commissioners to continue leading MTC on that path.”

The MTC Commission is composed of 13 voting members who will serve for a term of four years. Officers are elected every two years with the chair alternated between the three counties. Commission members are appointed by the Governor of South Carolina upon the recommendation of the majority of the legislative delegations from Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties.

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