New President Takes the Helm at Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC)

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Dr. Ben P. Dillard, III, was recently chosen by the Florence-Darlington County Commission for Technical Education as Florence-Darlington Technical College’s fourth president.

Dr. Dillard replaces Dr. Charles W. Gould, who retired recently after twenty years at the FDTC helm.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Florence-Darlington Technical College family,” Dillard said, adding, “I am looking forward to getting integrated into Florence, Darlington, Marion and the surrounding communities.”

Dr. Dillard brings a wealth of business, industrial, and educational work experience to FDTC’s top job. He has most recently
worked as a Business Development Manager with Recruiting Solutions, a staffing agency in the Greenville (SC) area.  He is also owner of Upstate Services and Consulting of Piedmont (SC).

Dr. Dillard’s work experience in higher education includes a five-year stint as Executive Vice President of Greenville Technical College. He began his career in S.C.’s Technical College System as Director of Continuing Education at Greenville Tech
in 1998. He also served as Vice President for Corporate and Economic Development before being promoted to Executive Vice President in 2004.

Prior to working at Greenville Tech, Dr. Dillard enjoyed a 25-year career that included both corporate and manufacturing experience at a Dow Chemical/Dow Brands manufacturing facility in Mauldin, SC. He served as Site Manager, Operations Manager, and Contract Operations Manager of the Mauldin facility.

In addition to his work experience, Dr. Dillard has an extensive educational background. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Newberry College and has earned both a Masters of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and a Doctorate in Education from Clemson University.

Throughout his years in business and education, Dr. Dillard has been active in community and civic organizations. In addition to serving on the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) Board of Directors, Dillard has served on the Greenville County Workforce Investment Board. Dillard served as commissioner of the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department and on the advisory board of the Village Hospital of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. He is a member of the advisory board for Clemson University’s Education Leadership program at University Center Greenville and is an active member of the Downtown (Greenville) Rotary Club. He also is a member of the Greater Greer Education Foundation Board.

Dr. Dillard feels that FDTC is well-positioned to continue making a huge contribution to the quality of life of Pee Dee area residents. In fact, the people and resources are already in place to make FDTC a world-class institution.

“Our primary focus, at least in the early days, will be getting students enrolled for the fall semester. Jobs are different today than they were in the past. The challenge is that technology is changing rapidly and people need to be retrained to be relevant in the marketplace.”

He went on to mention that another of his early priorities will be the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT). “We must work to bring this wonderful facility to its full potential and make it fully sustainable as an indispensible resource for businesses and industries in the Southeast and across the nation,” he said.

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