Highway administrator to address Benedict Transportation Summit
Federal Highway Administration administrator Victor M. Mendez will be the keynote speaker at Benedict College’s 2012 Transportation Summit, set for March 23.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benedict’s School of Continuing Education, 111 Doctor’s Circle, in Columbia.
The summit will focus on safety data, business opportunities and work force development information. Technical assistance will be offered to students, veterans and minority business owners interested in opportunities in public and private transportation. Representatives from the Federal Highway Administration and the S.C. Department of Transportation will discuss procurement opportunities and share updated regulations that impact small businesses.
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In 2009, Mendez was sworn in as the 18th Federal Highway Administration administrator. He oversees the agency’s employees in Washington, D.C., and field offices across the country. Previously, Mendez was director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.
There is no registration fee to attend, but to RSVP, which is required, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Vareva Harris at Benedict at (803) 705-4616, or via email email@example.com.
Winthrop VP named Catawba College president
ROCK HILL Brien Lewis, Winthrop University’s vice president for university development and alumni relations, will be the 23rd president of Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., it was announced last week.
Lewis came to Winthrop in 1999 as executive assistant to the president and secretary to its trustees. Lewis was the first dean of Winthrop’s University College from 2003-07. In 2007, he took over leadership of the Winthrop University Foundation and offices of Alumni Relations and Development, as well as the work of the Real Estate Foundation.
As vice president, Lewis managed Winthrop’s second capital campaign, launched last October. That campaign has reached $35.7 million of its $50 million goal.
“When Brien came to Winthrop a dozen years ago to interview for his first position here, he shared with us that he aspired to become a college president someday,” Winthrop president Anthony DiGiorgio said. “... So his Winthrop family is understandably very proud of him.”
Clemson engineering dean steps down
CLEMSON Clemson University College of Engineering and Science dean Esin Gulari stepped down last week but will continue as a member of the college’s faculty.
“Esin has provided great leadership for the College of Engineering and Science these past five years,” said Clemson provost Doris Helms. “I thank her for her service to Clemson, and I know that her knowledge and experience will continue to be invaluable to the college.”
Gulari has been on medical leave since mid-2011. Associate dean Larry Dooley, who has been acting dean of the college, will serve as interim dean.
Dooley joined Clemson in 1985 as professor of bioengineering and as the research director for the Bioengineering Alliance of South Carolina.
Donor gives $50,000 to restore Winthrop organ
ROCK HILL An anonymous donor has given $50,000 to the D.B. Johnson Memorial Organ Restoration Fund for the maintenance of the historic Æolian-Skinner organ in Winthrop University’s Byrnes Auditorium.
The gift completes the campaign to raise money to restore the organ, named for Winthrop’s founding president.
Built and installed in 1955, the organ is considered to be one of the country’s most significant historic instruments. The world-famous virtuoso Virgil Fox played the inaugural concert on the organ on Nov. 2, 1955.