SC Technical College System Names Williamson as President
COLUMBIA (February 26, 2014) – The State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education has named Dr. James C. "Jimmie" Williamson to be the next president and executive director of the SC Technical College System. Williamson comes to the System most recently from Agape Senior where he serves as Chief Human Capital Officer.
"I am very honored to have been selected to lead the SC Technical College System. As president of Williamsburg Technical College and then later Northeastern Technical College, I worked with business and industry to craft specialized training for specific workforce needs. As the Chief Human Capital Officer of Agape Senior, I witnessed firsthand how the deliverables provided by the System can be leveraged by the private sector to increase jobs, expand workforce development and enhance our state's economic success," said Williamson. "To now have the opportunity to lead this System, armed with this understanding of the interconnectivity between higher education and the private sector, is a true privilege. I look forward to working with the colleges, our economic development and workforce development partners, our General Assembly, our higher education community and our secondary education partners to enhance the employability of South Carolinians and in turn, create a better quality of life for the citizens of this great State."
Williamson holds a B.V.A and a M.Ed. from Winthrop University as well as a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He has served as president of the local Rotary Club, chair of the local Chamber of Commerce and as a member of various economic development boards. Williamson has been honored by Winthrop with a Professional Achievement Award and was named "Citizen of the Year Award" from the Williamsburg Hometown Chamber of Commerce.
"We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Jimmie Williamson at the helm of the SC Technical College System. The Board's search committee was impressed by his extensive resume, one that includes 26 years in higher education and the past eight in the healthcare industry," said Nick Odom, chair of the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. "Dr. Williamson knows South Carolina and understands our System having previously served as president of two of our technical colleges. We are very happy to have him back."
Williamson takes over the position on March 17, 2014.