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Midlands Technical College President Selected for Richland School District One Hall of Fame

Midlands Technical College (MTC) President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames has been selected for the Richland School District One Hall of Fame. Dr. Rhames is one of six new members who will be inducted into the school district’s 2016 Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor bestowed upon individuals by the Richland One Board of School Commissioners.

“I was able to leverage my Richland One education into a great career and a great life,” said Rhames. “If it was not for the education I received from the District, I would not be here today.” 

Rhames attended Fairwold Elementary, Fairwold Junior High School, and W.J. Keenan High School. After graduating from Keenan in 1973, he went on to earn an associate’s degree in management from Midlands Technical College; a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Benedict College; a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University; and a doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University. Rhames says his success today can be contributed to the strong educational start he received as a student in Richland School District One.

“During my elementary and junior high years, those were the days before integration. Because of the education and the faculty that took care of me during that time, I was able to dream.” 

In March 2015, Dr. Rhames was named the sixth president of Midlands Technical College, where he has been employed since 1990. He is the first alumnus president of MTC, and he is the first person to graduate from a South Carolina technical college and later become its president.


Rhames fellow members of the 2016 Richland One Hall of Fame induction class are:

  • William B. “Bill” Dukes, a 1960 graduate of Dreher High School who is the owner of Blue Marlin Restaurant and Signature Catering in Columbia and founder and chairman of the Honor Flight of South Carolina
  • Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap, a 1955 graduate of Columbia High School who served as president of Wofford College in Spartanburg for 13 years
  • Don Frierson, a 1969 graduate of C.A. Johnson High School who is the host of “The Urban Scene” on WGCV 620 AM, South Carolina’s longest-running talk and information forum for the African-American community
  • Thomas Sinkler Martin, a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School who was an educator and advocate for physical education and recreational programs for Columbia youth; Mr. Martin passed away in 1993.
  • Craig Melvin, a 1997 graduate of Columbia High School and an Emmy Award-winning journalist who is co-anchor of the Weekend Today show on NBC, an MSNBC anchor and an NBC News correspondent


Seventy men and women have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 2004. The 13th Annual Richland One Hall of Fame Induction Gala will be January 28, 2017.


About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to the University of South Carolina, MTC enrolls approximately 16,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, annually has 25,000 enrollments and provides continuing education to hundreds of area businesses each year. www.midlandstech.edu

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