DENMARK, S.C. --- The new year will bring a new leader to Denmark Technical College.
The Bamberg County vocational technical institution starts a new chapter Jan. 18 when Dr. Michael M. Townsend will become the 10th president of the college, which has about 2,000 students and a satellite campus in Barnwell, S.C.
The Denmark Technical College Area Commission selected Dr. Townsend on Dec. 14.
"I've very excited by it," he said from Milwaukee during a telephone interview with The People-Sentinel in Barnwell
"They are ready to move forward," he said. "I've been very impressed with the opportunities that Denmark Technical College offers in this day and time."
Dr. Townsend will replace Dr. Walt Tobin, who had been the interim president since its previous president, Dr. John Waddell, was fired by the Denmark Technical College Area Commission on Aug. 17.
Dr. Waddell was suspended without pay July 13 after an audit by the South Carolina Technical College System found irregularities in the college's personnel, procurement and finances policies.
The Technical College System oversees the state's 16 technical schools.
Dr. Tobin served as the vice president of academic affairs at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College before taking Denmark Tech's interim presidency.
Dr. Townsend has been the vice president of the Mequon campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College for 21/2 years.
Before that, he was the dean of students at Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Ill., for three years. He has also served as an associate dean of students at DePaul University's College of Education in Chicago.