Spartanburg Community College honors 2018 State Service Award recipients and retirees

May 14, 2018
Spartanburg Community College recently honored employees and retirees for their years of service to South Carolina and the College, as well as individuals who have been selected for special honors by their peers and students.

“Each year we recognize outstanding individuals who uphold the College’s mission and values in all that they do in and out of the classroom,” said Henry C. Giles, Jr., SCC president. “These men and women represent years of expertise in their chosen professions; and they are some of our most valuable resources because of the important role they play in educating our students. They have devoted countless hours and years to the service and education of our students and for that we are grateful.”

Employees honored for their years of services to the Palmetto State and SCC include the following:

10 Year Awards
Jane Bird
Patrick Cradit
Craig Denesha
Neil Griffin
Dena Hall
Linda Klinzing
John Mathis
Smita Mehta
Rhonda Merritt
Dr. Jung Oh
Kevin Parris
Roy Smith
Gladden Smoke
Terese Ricard
Henry Villanueva
Ivory Wilson
20 Year Awards
Jon Backman
David Barber
Lynn Camp
Melissa Collins
Jan Kehm
Joel Livesay
30 Year Awards
Jeff Hunt
Kathy Locke
Glenn Miller
Jayne Case
Bill Chidester
Jerry Fortner
Mike Hawkins
Barbara Lustig-Tillie
Savtri Parham
Patsy Pinker
Steve Quinn
JoElla Salters
Judy Sieg
June West
SCC 2018 Recognition Awards

Each year SCC students, faculty and staff persons select four colleagues who provide outstanding service based on their quality of instruction, student instructor relationships, and professional college and community support. The 2018 winners include the following:

Faculty of the Year-Student Award 
Gibby Cates, Instructor, Nursing
Faculty of the Year-Peer Award 
Sarah Kitts, Academic Director, Teacher Education
Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award 
Anthony Mims, Instructor, Transitional Studies
Staff of the Year Award 
Carol Crowe, Administrative Specialist, Health & Human Services
South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) Awards
The South Carolina Technical Education Association is a professional association of technical education personnel and others interested in postsecondary technical education. The purpose of SCTEA is to further the mission of the South Carolina Technical College System and the welfare of its members. Each year, SCC’s faculty and staff submit nominations for colleagues who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and dedication to the College and these individuals are recognized at the state-wide SCTEA professional development conference. Three SCC exemplary faculty and staff members were named 2018 SCTEA award winners and include the following:
Administrator of the Year
Kem Harvey, Dean, Arts & Sciences
Staff of the Year
Carol Manuel, Administrative Specialist, Arts & Sciences
Faculty of the Year
David Fillion, Instructor, Mechatronics, Manufacturing Technologies
SCTEA A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year Award
Each year during the SCTEA conference, the A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding Technical College System employee or team for his/her contribution(s) to the SC Technical College System. Recipients of this award embody innovative approaches that meet the ever changing needs of the technical education arena and whose achievements impact most positively in our statewide efforts in economic development and the education of our students. The award is named for A. Wade Martin, who was the first executive director of the technical education system inSC and was recognized as one of the best industrial developers and occupational educators in the country. SCC’s 2018 nominees include the following:
Individual Nominee
Linda Schmidt, Department Chair, Math
Team Nominees
SCC Horticulture Department
Jason Bagwell, Department Chair, Horticulture
Jay Moore, Instructor, Horticulture
Kevin Parris, Arboretum Director, Horticulture
View or download photos of SCC’s A. Wade Martin Nominee at –
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