Governing Board

Aiken Technical College Commission

The Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education is the governing board for Aiken Technical College. Members are appointed through the State of South Carolina’s Office of the Governor and serve in four-year terms.

Commission Members 2021-2022

Carlos Garcia, Chairman

Carlos Garcia is the founder of RCS Corporation which has offices in Aiken and Charlotte, NC. He also serves as a Commissioner with the Aiken County Commission for Higher Education and is a member of the University of South Carolina Aiken’s School of Business advisory board. Mr. Garcia has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.

Joe Lewis, Vice-Chairman

Joe Lewis is a Financial Services Officer with Security Federal Bank. He is involved in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Aiken and also serves as a board member of the Aiken Corporation and on the endowment committee of St. John’s United Methodist Church. Mr. Lewis has a bachelor’s degree in administrative management from Clemson University in Clemson, SC.

William Windley, Secretary

William (Bill) Windley is retired from Kimberly-Clark Co., where he had worked for about 30 years. During his time with the compnay, he was responsible for coordination of the mill’s capital budget, management various capital projects, and training other engineers on the company’s capital project procedures. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he serves as head usher. Mr. Windley received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Ed Romero

Ed Romero brings 29 years of healthcare experience to Aiken Regional Medical Center, in addition to serving as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of multiple hospitals throughout the United States. Ed has a diverse background focusing on operational excellence having worked in proprietary sector for companies such as Humana, Columbia, HCA, Triad Hospitals and CHS.  Mr. Romero is skilled in the revenue cycle, leadership, strategic planning and operational excellence. He has been married to wife Sylvia for 34 years and has two adult sons.

Daniel Lloyd, Jr.

Daniel Lloyd, Jr is a retired human resources professional with 40 years of HR experience in various industries in Aiken County. His most recent employment was at the Savannah River Site where he worked for more than 25 years. Mr. Lloyd is a graduate of Benedict College in Columbia, SC. and a 2002 graduate of the South Carolina Executive Institute of the State Budget & Control Board.

Stuart MacVean

Stuart MacVean is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS). Prior to joining SRNS, he served as a vice president of Operations for Fluor Government Group’s Environmental and Nuclear business line, was President and Project Manager at Savannah River Remediation LLC (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at SRS, and a vice president at AECOM. Mr. MacVean currently serves as the charter chairman of the CSRA American Heart Association Board and a member of the Aiken Partnership Board for the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Alvin Padgett

Alvin Padgett is retired and is the former owner of Palmetto Tire & Brake Center, which he opened after retiring from the Savannah River Site. At the Site, he worked for E.I. DuPont where he held several positions in the maintenance organization and worked for the Department of Energy on the back-up power committee. Mr. Padgett serves as the Scoutmaster for a local boy scout troop and is the minister of music at his church. He graduated from the Nashville Auto Diesel College.

Keyatta Priester

Keyatta Priester is the Community Development Manager for Aiken Electric Cooperative. She actively volunteers with area United Way agencies and serves on boards and councils including the United Way of Aiken, Aiken Family YMCA, the Aiken County Public School District Early Learning Advisory Board, Aiken Community Service Networking Group, Rotary Club of Aiken, Tim Scott's John Moniz Champion of Hope Advisory Council, and the Midland Valley, Aiken and North Augusta Chambers of Commerce.

Mike Uhle

Mike Uhle Mike is the Human Resources Manager at the Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Aiken Off Road Radial tire plant. He has served on the Human Resources Board for the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance where he also served as Board Chair, he was the Corporate Gifts Chair for the United Way of Aiken County Campaign for several years, he served on the Board of Directors for Public Education Partners, and the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Mr. Uhle also coached youth baseball and basketball in Aiken for many years. Mike’s wife, Keisha, is also a native of Aiken and is a Guidance Counselor at Aiken Elementary School. They have three children; Ryan, Natalie and Jared.

King Laurence, Ex-Officio

King Laurence currently serves as Superintendent for the Aiken County Public School District.  Previous positions at the district level have included associate superintendent for instruction and chief officer of administration and human resources.  He served as principal for Cyril B. Busbee Elementary School in Wagener and as a teacher and assistant principal in Edgefield County. Mr. Laurence is currently the president of the Aiken Sunrise Rotary Club and actively participates in leadership roles with his church, Shaws Fork Baptist Church. He has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from USC Aiken and a master’s degree plus thirty hours in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.

Teresa Haas, Ex-Officio

Teresa Haas is retired from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), where she served as the Director of Government and Community Relations. Prior to SRS, she managed political campaigns and worked as chief of staff and legislative director for members of the U.S. Congress. She is a member of the Aiken County Commission on Higher Education, Past President of the Aiken Women’s Heart Board; Past Chair of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Ms. Haas is a member of Aiken’s First Baptist Church and a graduate of Clemson University.

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Commission Meetings

The Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education regularly meets on the second Monday of each month (except in July and December) at 5:15 p.m.