Ashley J. Little
Founding President Ashley J. Little led ATC from its beginning as a vocationally based training center to its accreditation as a two-year technical college in 1975. The College’s name was changed to Aiken Technical College in 1977. President Little also presided over the campus’ second phase expansion, a $3.5 million addition of buildings, classrooms, laboratories and a greatly expanded library. President Little served ATC and the South Carolina Technical College system for 14 years before his retirement in 1984.
The Aiken Technical College Foundation was chartered in 1977 as a South Carolina nonprofit organization. While fiscally and organizationally separate from ATC, funds for the Foundation are distributed to benefit and advance the College and the encouragement and subsidization of ATC students and faculty.
Dr. Paul L. Blowers
Dr. Paul L. Blowers became the second president of ATC in July 1984. During the decade that Dr. Blowers presided over the campus, ATC grew from 1,104 academic and continuing education students to more than 3,300 students. ATC also increased its course offerings, added two college transfer degrees and built a $3 million Student Activities Center financed by student fees. Dr. Blowers retired in 1994.
Dr. Kathleen A. Noble
Dr. Kathleen A. Noble became the third president of ATC in June 1994. During her tenure, ATC added many allied health, business and industrial management and safety courses and programs to its curriculum. The College also developed new partnerships that allowed ATC to provide around-the-clock training and educational services on plant sites. Dr. Noble was a major force in matching College services with areas of the community that might best take advantage of them. The College also broke ground on the $5.375 million, 40,000-square-foot Dale Phelon Information Technology Center during her tenure. Dr. Noble left ATC in 1999.
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