(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E754]
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                      TRIBUTE TO CHARLES W. GOULD


                         HON. JAMES E. CLYBURN

                           of south carolina

                    in the house of representatives

                         Thursday, May 23, 2013

  Mr. CLYBURN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a tremendous 
educator and wonderful visionary on the occasion of his retirement. Dr. 
Charles W. Gould is retiring as president of Florence-Darlington 
Technical College after nearly 20 years of service. His leadership will 
certainly be missed, but his legacy will continue at the college and 
throughout the State of South Carolina.
  Dr. Gould knew from a young age that he was passionate about 
education. He earned a Master's degree from the University of 
Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis on the philosophy of mathematics 
and a Ph.D. from Duke University with an emphasis on ethics and law.
  Early in his career, Dr. Gould taught at Duke University, the 
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he was an Associate Managing 
Editor of a national educational publishing company. He has been in the 
technical college system of South Carolina for over thirty years and 
has served in three of the system's sixteen technical colleges.
  His last and most significant position is serving as president of 
Florence-Darlington Technical College since November, 1993. During his 
tenure he has more than doubled the student body from less than 3,000 
to more than 6,000 today. He has also grown the college by adding the 
health sciences campus in downtown Florence, the Lake City and Mullins 
satellite sites as well as expanding the Hartsville campus.
  My service in Congress has coincided with Dr. Gould's presidency at 
Florence-Darlington Tech. During those two decades it was an honor to 
work with him, especially to secure funding for his crowning 
achievement. In 2007, the Southern Institute of Manufacturing and 
Technology (SIMT) opened and fulfilled Dr. Gould's vision for the 
college to provide hands on technical training in advanced 
manufacturing for students and local industry professionals. He oversaw 
the completion of the second phase of SIMT earlier this year which 
serves as a manufacturing business incubator.
  In addition to his leadership at Florence-Darlington Tech, Dr. Gould 
serves on the board of the Commission on Colleges for the Southern 
Association of Colleges and Schools and frequently chairs accreditation 
teams and special projects for the Commission on Colleges. He also 
serves on the board of the National Council of Advanced Manufacturing 
and Technology Centers, Global Learning Systems and several other 
national organization boards of directors.
  In the community, he currently chairs the Florence County Economic 
Development Partnership; is past president and ex-officio board member 
of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce; is an advisory board 
member for the Darlington County Economic Development Board, SCANA, 
Progress Energy, and BB&T Bank.
  Mr. Speaker, I ask you and my colleagues to join me in congratulating 
Dr. Charles Gould for his visionary leadership and tremendous 
dedication to Florence-Darlington Technical College and the State of 
South Carolina. He deserves commendation for his many contributions as 
he embarks on a well-deserved retirement. I extend best wishes to him 
as he enters this new phase in his life, and thank him for his service 
and his friendship.