USC Sumter dean to retire
The University of South Carolina Sumter will say goodbye to its third dean on May 31 with the retirement of C. Leslie Carpenter, who joined the school in 1993.
Last week, Carpenter said some “neat things happened” during his tenure as dean. The college re-instituted intercollegiate athletics and acquired the former Alice Drive Baptist Church property. It is now the university’s Arts and Letters building.
The university also has expanded its academic offerings. When Carpenter started, the school offered two bachelor degrees through other colleges that students could earn while on the USC Sumter campus. It now has five.
“I am most grateful to Dr. Carpenter for his thoughtful leadership and dedicated service as dean of USC Sumter for the past 18 years,” USC president Harris Pastides said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire Carolina family, I am pleased to thank him for guiding the progress and growth of our Sumter campus during his long tenure.”
Pastides said USC expects to appoint an interim dean at Sumter while it conducts a national search for a new leader.
FCC commissioner to speak at Winthrop
ROCK HILL S.C. native Mignon Clyburn will kick off Winthrop University’s annual “Mass Communication Week” to be held from Feb. 27 to March 1.
Clyburn, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, will speak on the importance of access to broadband in a global society at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the DiGiorgio Campus Center
“This weeklong series tackles some of the issues facing mass media today,” said William Click, chair of Winthrop’s department of mass communication. “We are privileged to have national experts on the subjects including some of our former students.”
Clemson program aims to produce more technicians
GREENVILLE Automotive and aviation companies have jobs to fill in South Carolina. But they need a qualified workers, including technicians and engineers, Clemson University associate vice president for workforce development Anand Gramopadhye told the 2012 S.C. Automotive Council’s Manufacturing Summit last week.
To help meet that need, Clemson created its Center for Workforce Development in aviation and automotive technology, using a $2.3 million National Science Foundation grant. In partnership with technical colleges and industry, the center’s goal is to provide qualified technicians.
“If South Carolina is going attract manufacturers to the state, it must develop qualified technicians with certificate programs these companies need,” Gramopadhye said.
The partnership has satellite resource centers at Florence-Darlington in the Pee Dee, Greenville in the Upstate and the Charleston area of the Lowcountry.