USC Aiken Honors Chair of Aiken County Commission for Higher Ed

May 11, 2017

The University of South Carolina Aiken honored Aiken County Commission for Higher Education Chairman Ernie Allen during a reception in his honor. Allen, who has served as the chair of the commission since 2014, retired May 10.

"You have inspired the university; challenged and supported the administration; and led us through periods of exponential growth, which has included the additions of our new deans, the implementation of new programs; increased enrollment; and the construction of the handsome pedestrian bridge, painted Pacer Blue," Jordan said during the event.

The, commission works closely with the USC Board of Directors and has oversight of USC Aiken’s land development, buildings, and deferred maintenance.

Senator Tom Young presented Allen with a certificate of appreciation for his 22 years of service to the commission, signed by Young, Senator Nikki Setzler and Senator Shane Massey, and Jordan presented the retiring chairman with the Commissioner’s Cup.

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.