South Carolina Senator Mike Fanning (D-17) presented York
Technical College President Dr. Greg F. Rutherford with a resolution honoring
his leadership and distinguished career of outstanding service in education during
a ceremony on Thursday at the College.
Fanning, whose wife is an alumna of the College’s paralegal
program, credits Rutherford for leading the institution through the Great
Recession, and being a change agent in the lives of thousands of students. Fanning
sponsored the resolution that was adopted by the South Carolina General
Assembly in April 2021.
“As an educator, my heart goes out to anyone willing to give so
much in the worst of circumstances to give the best to young people,” Fanning said.
“Someone like that needed to be recognized.”
Rutherford said throughout his tenure he sought to do something
special, different and eternal. He credits his colleagues for helping him make
tremendous strides in student success, and expressed gratitude for the College
and the community for welcoming him and being supportive during his tenure.
“Honestly looking back at everything, I cannot imagine that I
would have ever had a greater opportunity, more lessons, or a greater fit for
my style of personality than here,” expressed Rutherford. “I say to my
Commission and to all my fellow workers, thank you.”
Rutherford, who has served at the helm of
York Tech since 2007, has been a constant champion for students, reflective in
the College’s high completion rates across all programs. He has created several
new academic programs, and has a record fall-to-fall student success rate.
Additionally, Rutherford led the largest
fundraising effort in the history of the College through the York Technical
College Foundation’s Real. Bold. Better. Campaign that exceeded its $6.5
Rutherford announced his retirement earlier this year and plans to
retire at the end of July.
behalf of the York Commission for Technical Education, we are grateful for the
talent, leadership and resolve of Dr. Greg Rutherford,” said York Commission
Chair Geri H. Rucker. “He has worked tirelessly to promote the primary mission
of student success at York Technical College. The College and our
community are certainly better because of him. The Commission wishes him
the absolute best on his future endeavors.”