The State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education announced today that Ralph A. "Nick" Odom, Jr. of Rock Hill has been reappointed to the Board effective immediately. Odom represents the Fourth Congressional District served by York Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Piedmont Technical College and Central Carolina Technical College.
"I cannot emphasize enough how important these institutions and programs are to South Carolina. The System provides the critical foundation for economic development and workforce development in our state," said Odom. "The System makes a higher education affordable and accessible to the citizens of South Carolina. Focused on enhancing employability and improving quality of life, our state's technical education system plays a very important role in South Carolina's ongoing economic success, and I am excited about my continued involvement with these efforts."
"A strong, active and involved board is critical to our System's continued success," said Dr. James C. "Jimmie" Williamson, president of the SC Technical College System. "Since 1996, Nick has provided just that. He has helped to shape and guide our System over the past 18 years, and we are honored to have him continue in his role as a member of our Board."
Odom is vice president of Environment, Health and Safety and Social Compliance with Springs Global. He is a native of Hampton, Tennessee. Odom graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's degree in 1971, received his Master of Science degree in 1973, and has done further studies in organic chemistry, environmental engineering, and business administration. Odom is a 1991 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler School of Business, Executive Program and a 1998 graduate of the University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, Executive Program.
Odom's term continues through June 2019.
SC Technical College System. The SC Technical College System is comprised of 16 technical colleges located strategically across the state and its statewide workforce training programs: readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™. The System is committed to helping increase the employability of all South Carolinians by ensuring they are fully prepared for the careers of today - and tomorrow. As the largest higher education system in the state, the System provides its students with a comprehensive education as well as a fast track to a rewarding career. In addition, the System's nationally-recognized affiliate programs, designed to train or re-train employees so that companies new to South Carolina and existing businesses alike can continue to prosper and grow, help spur job growth and economic development opportunities across the state. The SC Technical College System prepares students of all ages for real work today while demonstrating a commitment to increasing the employability of all South Carolinians and ultimately enhancing the quality of life for all. www.sctechsystem.edu.