College notes, July 21

bbetts@thestate.comJuly 20, 2013 

Randall Jackson

Minister selected as chairman of Midlands Tech board

Midlands Technical College has selected a Columbia minister and sitting board member as chairman of the 13-member board of trustees.

Randall “Mack” Jackson, an associate pastor at Bible Way Church, has served on the college’s board since 2009. He is also a partner and officer of Sunrise Communications, a public relations, communications and consulting company in Columbia.

The board is comprised of community leaders from Richland and Lexington counties and a liaison from Fairfield County.

Francis Marion employees take year’s top honors at university

Beverly Owens of Marion and Ray Taylor of Florence have been named outstanding staff employees of the year at Francis Marion University.

Owens is the administrative assistant in the Department of Mass Communication, Modern Language and the Honors Program. She has worked at Francis Marion for 14 years.

Taylor, a custodian, has worked at Francis Marion for nearly 10 years.

Francis Marion has plans to start Teaching Fellows Institution

Francis Marion University will become the first Teaching Fellows Institution in the Pee Dee beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.

The university will develop the Teaching Fellows program during the 2013-14 academic year and will begin accepting new Fellows next fall.

The Teaching Fellows Program was established in 1999 to recruit teachers for South Carolina schools. Teaching Fellows receive up to $24,000 over four years to pursue a degree in education and agree to teach one year in a South Carolina public school for each year fellowship money is received.

USC-Aiken administrator to take on alumni relations role

A longtime administrator at the University of South Carolina Aiken will now serve as director of alumni relations and community partnerships.

Randy Duckett is a 1980 graduate of the school and has worked there for 30 years in a variety of roles.

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