Passing of Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings: A Message from Dr. Keith Miller, Greenville Technical College President

APRIL 10, 2019

Passing of Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings: A Message from Dr. Keith Miller, Greenville Technical College President

 

As our nation mourns the passing of Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, it is important that we remember the role he played in creating our state's technical college system. Hollings served as a U.S. senator for 38 years and as South Carolina's governor for one term. As he ran for governor, Hollings promised to attract new business and industry to the state. Once in office, he created the technical college system to deliver on that promise by preparing people to fill jobs that would pave the way for the state's future.
In his foreword to "Growing Greenville for 50 Years," published as we celebrated our 50th anniversary, Hollings wrote: "Many times over the years, I have thought back to that pivotal moment when Greenville Tech opened its doors, which I believe marked a clear new direction for progress in the Upstate. Each time we have taken a leap forward since that day, whether it was because Michelin established its North American headquarters in Greenville or because BMW located in the Upstate, our technical colleges have been one of the prime reasons we are able to attract household names along with less well-known, but equally successful employers."
South Carolinians owe much to Fritz Hollings for helping the state grow in a positive direction. Please join me in remembering the difference he has made to all of us at Greenville Technical College, to our graduates and their families, and to the employers that hire these well-qualified individuals and grow as a result.
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Keith Miller, Ph.D.
President