Dr. Ronald L. Rhames is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Midlands Technical College (MTC) located in Columbia, South Carolina, where he has been employed since 1990. Dr. Rhames is responsible for the college’s physical plant operations, human resources, finance and accounting, auxiliary and support services, development, Harbison Theatre operations, internal auditing and information technology. He is responsible for staffing several committees of the institution board of trustees. He previously served as Vice President for Fiscal Affairs for Claflin University located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He is also a former banker.
Dr. Rhames received an associate’s degree in Management from Midlands Technical College, a bachelor's degree in Business and Economics from Benedict College, a master's degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is a graduate of Southern Association of College and University Business Officers’ College Business Management Institute at the University of Kentucky, and is a Kellogg Fellow for Leadership in Community Colleges.
Dr. Rhames is a past president of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO), a past president of the Community College Business Officers (CCBO), a past president of the Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina (GFOASC) and a past chair of South Carolina Technical College System Business Officers Peer Group. Dr. Rhames is the current vice chair of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Board. He is a past chair of the NACUBO Community College Council and served on the National Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Economic and Development and Capital Planning Committee. Dr. Rhames serves on the Board of the Midlands Middle College Board of Trustees (a charter high school).
Dr. Rhames has served extensively on visiting teams, on and off-site committees, fifth year review committees and has chaired a reaffirmation team for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Dr. Rhames has made presentations at national and regional conferences including NACUBO, SACUBO, CCBO, GFOA, SACS, GFOASC, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
Dr. Rhames has also published articles in professional publications including the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, Journal of Risk Management and NACUBO’s Business Officer.
Dr. Rhames was named the International Outstanding Chief Business Officer for Community Colleges in 1998 by CCBO.
Dr. Rhames is a past president of the Orangeburg Sertoma Club and holds the Able Toastmaster Status.