Thomas E. Barton Jr., is
President of Greenville Technical
College, the third largest higher-education institution in South
Carolina offering university transfer and technical programs to 44,000
(headcount) students annually. He is recognised internationally as a
leader and pioneer in community based technical education.
Tom Barton graduated from
Clemson university in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and received
his Ed.D. in higher education administration from Duke University in 1972.
After serving in the public schools of South Carolina and Georgia as
teacher, coach and school superintendent for nine years, he became
president of Greenville Technical College in 1962 and has continued in
that position, with the exception of one year spent as Interim Director of
the South Carolina Technical Education System.
Tom received the Thomas J.
Peters Award for Leadership excellence in the Community College in 1989.
He was named to the "Blue Chipper List" of the top fifty Chief Executive
Officers in community colleges by the University of Texas at Austin in
1988. In 1987 he was elected to both the South Carolina Athletic Hall of
Fame and the Clemson University Hall of Fame.
Some of his civic activities
include Board of Directors, Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce; Board
of Directors, Textile Hall Corporation; Board of Governors, Historic
Greenville Foundation; Commissioner, Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools: Chairman, Donaldson Air Force Base Museum Board of Directors;
YMCA Board of Directors; Executive Committee, Friends of the Greenville
Hospital System; Governor's Task Force on Education in South Carolina;
Honorary Chairman, March of Dimes Team Walk for Greenville; Greenville
Tom Barton was named one of the
top 25 Leaders in the community by the Greenville News in 2001. He was
named one of the 50 most influential residents of Greenville by Greenville
Business and Living Magazine 1997through 2000 and in 1995 named Business
Person of the Year. He received the Whitney M. Young Humanitarian Award
from the Greenville Urban League.
End of June this year, 2008 will
see the retirement of this man from his position as President of
Greenville Technical College, his
job for the last 40+ years, in fact his retirement from the full-time
workforce. We specify "full-time workforce" because it is hard to imagine
this man just stopping and sitting back to rest with a fishing pole in his
hand. His skills are sorely needed, so it will be interesting to see where
and how he "pops up" in the future but keep watch out for him!
Near this monumental moment of
retirement Dr Nathan M. Jones C.I.O.M. Honorary Consular representative of
the Principality of Hutt River to South Carolina and Inspector General of
I-3 Unit of the Principality Consular Security Division nominated Tom for
recognition of his services to education and his community and a potential
Award in the Anniversary Honors List, April 2008 from HRH Prince Leonard,
Sovereign of the Principality of Hutt River. HRH and the Board received
the testimonials concerning Thomas and were only too happy to not just
Honor him with any award but in fact Awarded him with a Knighthood in the
Order of Wisdom and Learning, a most befitting Award for such great effort
in the community.
Sir Thomas is to be
additionally honoured by his peers and community with a $100.00 per person
dinner on 26th June 2008 at the Carolina First Center in
Greenville, South Carolina.
Dr. Sir Thomas E
Barton Jr. K.O.W.L.||