The college is governed by the Technical College of the Lowcountry Area Commission. The Governor, upon recommendation of the local legislative delegation, appoints members. These outstanding community leaders represent our four county service area: Beaufort County and one each from Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. The commission’s job is to set policy and oversees regulatory compliance.
General Arthur E. Brown, Jr. (U.S Army Retired) serves the Area Commission as chairman and represents Beaufort County. Gen. Brown joined the Commission in 1997 after serving on the TCL Foundation for many years. A decorated career military officer, Gen. Brown retired in 1989 after serving in a number of positions including his last position of Vice Chief of Staff U.S. Army. Gen. Brown is a leader in several community and civic organizations in the area.
William Small, Jr., J.D., a life-long educator, serves the Commission as Vice Chairman and represents Hampton County. Dr. Small served as Dean and professor for many years in New Jersey prior to residing in Yemassee, South Carolina. He travelled extensively in West Africa as a Fulbright Hayes Scholar. Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Small served as the Executive Director for the Hampton County Economic Development Commission.
Patricia M Green serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Commission and represents Beaufort County. Mrs. Green was named South Carolina’s Small Business Person of the Year in 1996 for her successful business in Beaufort, The Chocolate Tree. In 2010, Mrs. Green was inducted into the International Candy Hall of Fame at the National Confectionery Association Convention. Mrs. Green has held numerous leadership positions in various community organizations in Beaufort.
Charles W. “Bill” Bootle is a long time Beaufort Resident, recently retired after many successful years as the owner of Bootle Air Systems, Inc. Mr. Bootle is no stranger to TCL, his dedication to the development of TCL’s HVAC program is one of the reasons it is one of TCL’s signature programs. Mr. Bootle is active in many civic organizations and is the past president of the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry and in 2008 was honored as a South Carolina Ambassador of Economic Development. Mr. Bootle is also the recipient of many military awards presented during his career with the U.S. Army.
David M. Smalls represents Colleton County. He is a native of Colleton County and is the State Director for Communities in Schools, which works within the public school system to boost student support networks. Mr. Smalls plays a significant role in the economic development of the county and serves on the Colleton County Economic Alliance. He was a member of the Liberty Fellowship South Carolina, Inaugural Class of 2006, a prestigious leadership program for South Carolina’s emerging leaders.
Sheree Darien, representing Jasper County, joined the Commission in 2009. Mrs. Darien is the Branch Sales Manager at Regions Bank in Ridgeland, SC. She is an ordained minister and an avid writer, contributing frequently to The Jasper Sun newspaper. She is involved in various community and civic organizations in Jasper County.