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Dr. Ronald L. Rhames, Class of 1978

Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Ronald L. Rhames

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who, over an extended period of time and/or through a singular achievement, have achieved exemplary success in their own field, extraordinary service to Midlands Technical College, their community, state, or nation. Through their citizenship, service and caring and generous spirit, they have personified qualities and character for all Midlands Technical College students and graduates to emulate.

Dr. Ronald L. Rhames was named the sixth President of Midlands Technical College (MTC) located in Columbia, South Carolina on March 1, 2015. Dr. Rhames has been employed with MTC since 1990.  As president, Dr. Rhames is MTC’s Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the college’s seven divisions: Academic Affairs; Advancement; Business Affairs; Corporate and Continuing Education; the Enterprise Campus; Institutional Support; and, Student Development Services. He is responsible for staffing several committees of the institution’s Board of Trustees.  Prior to being named president, Dr. Rhames served as MTC Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. 

Dr. Rhames previously served as Vice President for Fiscal Affairs for Claflin University located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. 

Dr. Rhames received 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 of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is a graduate of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers’ College Business Management Institute at the University of Kentucky, and is a Kellogg Fellow for Leadership in Community Colleges.

Dr. Rhames is the current chair of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Board of Directors. Dr. Rhames served as past president of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO), the Community College Business Officers (CCBO), the Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina (GFOASC) and the South Carolina Technical College System Business Officers Peer Group. He is a past chair of the NACUBO Community College Council and served on the National Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Economic and Development and Capital Planning Committee. Dr. Rhames serves on the Board of the Midlands Middle College Board of Trustees (a charter high school). 

Dr. Rhames has served extensively with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) on visiting teams, on and off-site committees, fifth year review committees, and has chaired a reaffirmation team.

Dr. Rhames has made presentations at national and regional conferences including NACUBO, SACUBO, CCBO, GFOA, SACS, GFOASC, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). 

Dr. Rhames has also published articles in professional publications including the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, Journal of Risk Management and NACUBO’s Business Officer. 

Dr. Rhames was named the International Outstanding Chief Business Officer for Community Colleges in 1998 by CCBO. 

Dr. Rhames is a past president of the Orangeburg Sertoma Club and holds the Able Toastmaster Status.