The Technical College of the Lowcountry is pleased to announce that Gen. Arthur E. Brown Jr., retired four-star general and chairman of the TCL area commission, will deliver the 2011 commencement address.
“Gen. Brown is an ultimate example of committed service, not only to our country but to our own community,” TCL President Dr. Tom Leitzel said. “His life of dedicated work and devoted volunteerism will inspire our graduates to achieve even more.”
Commencement will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, May 13 at the All Weather Training Facility on Parris Island. TCL will honor 387 graduates receiving degrees, diplomas and certificates in arts and sciences, business technologies, health sciences and industrial technologies.
Brown’s distinguished 36-year career in the U.S. Army culminated in the rank of four-star general and an appointment to Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. He also served as both an advisor and battalion commander during two tours in Vietnam and served as Deputy Superintendent at West Point and Director of the Army Staff.
Brown graduated in 1953 from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree. Brown received a Master of Public and International Affairs degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965. In 2010, The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs awarded Brown its most prestigious award, the Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes individuals whose outstanding professional accomplishments bring honor to the school and inspire students as role models. To date, only 32 of 7,000 alumni worldwide have received the designation.
A Hilton Head Island resident, Brown has been a member of the TCL Area Commission, the College’s governing board, since 1997 and currently serves as its chairman. Brown is a member and former chairman of the TCL Foundation, which establishes private sector support for the college through grants and gifts to enhance TCL’s teaching and educational capabilities.
Brown’s commitment to community service extends much further than TCL, however. For more than 20 years, he has served in organizations throughout the Lowcountry that include the Greater Island Council, the Boys & Girls Club, Hilton Head Rotary Club, Leadership Hilton Head and United Way of the Lowcountry. In February, 2011, he received the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award from the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
About the Technical College of the Lowcountry:
One of sixteen colleges comprising the South Carolina Technical College System, the Technical College of the Lowcountry traces its origin to the Mather School founded in 1868. TCL is a comprehensive, public, two-year college dedicated to serving the diverse educational needs of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. The College annually serves approximately 10,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non-traditional, full-time and part-time. TCL provides quality, affordable academic and technical programs leading to associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. For more information, visit www.tcl.edu or call 843.525.8211.
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