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Bank of America Donates to Connect to College

Bank of America Charitable Foundation made a $3,000 donation to the College’s Connect to College (C2C) program. The funds are designated for textbooks for students in the program that serves high school dropouts ages 17 – 20 who meet specific eligibility criteria and live in Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. Using a dual credit model, students earn both high school and college credit, and may simultaneously complete both the high school diploma (meeting all requirements of the South Carolina Department of Education) and a postsecondary credential.

Presenting the check is Kerri Myers, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch assistant vice president, fourth from left. Also pictured are, from left, Elisabeth Gadd, former director of development at the College; Diana Walter, director of the Connect to College program; John Lummus, vice president of economic and institutional advancement at the College; and Sharan Milsap, vice president at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.

2013 C2C grad Celeste Citelli, who received her D.W. Daniel High School diploma at summer commencement, is grateful to donors like Bank of America for their support. “Not having to purchase books took away the stress about finances, and I was able to put that money toward living expenses,” she said. She extends another thanks to the C2C staff, “who have been so helpful, always giving 100%. Their positive energy helped me to get through school.”

David Wakefield Honored With Order of Merit

Tri-County honored former Foundation Board of Directors Chair and Anderson resident David C. Wakefield, above, left, with the highest award given by the College’s Commission. Dr. Booth presented Mr. Wakefield with the Order of Merit at the College’s 2012 Annual Report luncheon.

The Order of Merit is an honorary society that recognizes community and State leaders who have contributed to the development of Tri-County Technical College and the State Technical College System.

“This is a tremendous and unexpected honor and one I’ll always cherish,” said Mr. Wakefield. “Tri-County is one of the most vital cogs in the educational engine, and our community couldn’t get along without it.”

“David has served selflessly in his five years as chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors,” said Dr. Booth. “He has been a steadfast and strong supporter of quality

educational programs and facilities at all of the College’s campuses. He is a great leader.”

Mr. Wakefield joined the Board in 1998, representing Anderson County. He was appointed to the Finance Committee in 2004 and remained a voting member until he was elected chairman of the Board in 2007. He led the Foundation in its first-ever Major Gifts Campaign. After stepping down as Chairman June 30, 2012, he remains a valuable member of the Board, and was reappointed to serve as a member of the Finance Committee.

He and his wife, Sall , exhibited a commitment to student success and the future of Tri-County by establishing the Hill M. Seigler Scholarship in memory of their son.

A longtime Anderson County resident and a highly respected banking executive, Mr. Wakefield served as president and CEO of First Southeast Financial Corporation and First Federal Savings and Loan Association (which became Carolina First), and later served as director of Carolina First Corporation and Carolina First Bank (now The South Financial Group).

He is an active community member, formerly serving on boards for Carolina First Corporation, Carolina First, and the Anderson County Development Partnership, Inc., as well as the Anderson Rotary Club.

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