The Technical College of the Lowcountry Commencement will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, May 10 at the All Weather Training Facility on Parris Island. This year’s event will honor more than 330 graduates and will also mark the second year the College will present its prestigious Presidential Medallion award.
Fred S. Washington, of Beaufort, has been selected as this year’s recipient.
“Mr. Washington has been a tireless champion for education in our community,” TCL President Dr. Thomas Leitzel said. “It is fitting that he receive the TCL Presidential Medallion for his hard work and support for public education at all levels.”
TCL Area Commission Chairman General Arthur E. Brown Jr. agrees. “Fred is dedicated to his community, and his passion shows when you engage with him on the value of an educated community. We have benefited from his outstanding leadership,” he said.
A Beaufort native and the youngest of seven children, Washington was born on Parris Island in 1946. He attended Beaufort County public schools and is a 1964 graduate of Robert Smalls High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. He began his career by serving as a residence life director at Boston University. Later, he returned to Beaufort and worked for Beaufort-Jasper Comprehensive Health and then for Beaufort County Schools. Washington went on to serve as the Director of the Beaufort County Department of Social Services for more than 27 years. He was elected to Beaufort City Council from July 1979 to July 1993. Washington also served on the TCL Area Commission for 15 years. In 2006, he was elected to the Beaufort County School Board, where he served as chairman from 2006 through 2012. In addition, Washington has provided leadership to countless other community organizations including the Beaufort Joint Planning Commission; Lowcountry Council of Governments Board; Beaufort County United Way Allocation Committee; SC Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations; Boys and Girls Club Board; Beaufort Marine Institute Board; Beaufort Housing Authority Board; BC First Steps Partnership Board; and chair of the Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee of the Coastal Community Foundation. He is married to Barbara and has three daughters and three grandchildren.
About the Presidential Medallion
Recognized as the top award given to a community citizen by the Technical College of the Lowcountry, the Presidential Medallion recognizes a distinguished citizen and community leader who exhibits enthusiasm, integrity and perseverance beyond the ordinary to help build a better and stronger community. Nominees for this award are individuals who have acted in the best interests of their community through outstanding service and the creation of a positive environment through civic leadership in the generous giving of time and personal sacrifice. As a community of scholars and practitioners, TCL has chosen this occasion to focus deserved attention upon worthy candidates to publicly recognize them and their exemplary achievements, character, integrity, and sacrifice that result in building a better community. The awarding of the Presidential Medallion recognizes individuals who support and bring distinction to the College in profound ways. The Presidential Medallion symbolizes the authority vested in the president by the TCL Area Commission to operate and represent the College as its chief executive officer.
The Technical College of the Lowcountry is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all qualified applicants for admissions or employment without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, disability, or political affiliation or belief.