Statement from Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, President, Tri-County Technical College
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/27/2010
We are deeply saddened by the death of Dr. Don C. Garrison, who passed away during the early morning hours of Saturday, February 27, 2010. Throughout his 32 years as president of Tri-County, he served as a tireless leader and advocate for technical education in this region and the State. He had a profound impact on the lives of thousands of students and the communities we serve.
His rallying cry was “Jobs for People and People for Jobs.” He passionately promoted the South Carolina Technical College System as the key to economic prosperity for the region and the State. He dedicated his life to developing an institution that provided top-quality training for local companies and an affordable education to those in need of job skills or the first two years of a baccalaureate degree.
In his final commencement speech in 2003, Dr. Garrison told the graduates, “The key to success in life is attaching yourself to a cause that is greater than yourself.” That’s exactly what Dr. Garrison did – he “walked the talk” and devoted his life and career to the cause of providing accessible, affordable, relevant, and quality educational options for the residents of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties.
When Dr. Garrison retired, he said, “I truly believe that Tri-County Technical College’s best days are yet to come.” That may be true, but it never would have been possible without the solid foundation he laid for us.
Above all, I believe Dr. Garrison will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality and passion. Don took over a room when he entered it and didn’t leave until everyone there understood the value of technical colleges and the integral role they play in the economic development and prosperity of the State.
On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of Tri-County Technical College, I extend our deepest condolences to the Garrison family. Don was an inspiration to us all and an unforgettable leader. He will truly be missed.