After nearly 34 years of service to PC, Randy Randall ‘75 will leave his role as Executive Director of Alumni and Community Relations and as mayor of Clinton, S.C. to serve the people of South Carolina as Commissioner of the Public Service Commission representing the Third Congressional District.
“Randy will be missed at PC,” said President Claude Lilly. “He has been a fixture at the school and has provided me with an appreciation for the rich PC heritage.
“In addition, he has a wealth of institutional memory that will be sorely missed. We wish Randy well, but we hate to see him leave,” Lilly added.
Indeed, Randall has been a fixture on the PC campus since graduating in 1975. After earning his Master of Education degree from the University of Georgia, he returned to PC to become Director of Student Activities. The role was a natural fit since Randall was active in intramural sports and played on the basketball team as a PC student.
One year into his role, Randall established PC’s first women’s varsity basketball team, which he then coached for seven years. He also formed the Student Union Board and was responsible for the first Blue Sox festival.
In 1984, Randall transitioned from focusing on students to focusing on alumni, accepting the newly established position of Director of Alumni Affairs. He served in the role for five years before leaving PC in 1989 to work as a sales representative for Jacob’s Press. Randall returned merely three years later to become Director of Springs Campus Life Center.
Randall then assumed the position of Director of Alumni Relations in 1998. According to Dr. Ted Brown, Vice President for College Advancement at the time, Randall was selected through an extremely competitive search for his “vast knowledge of and affection for Presbyterian College and the past and present students who make this institution the special place it is.”
Randall took on a second job in 2003, winning the seat of mayor of Clinton, S.C. with nearly 82 percent of the vote. The position paired well with his role at PC.
“PC realizes that a viable city and economy here in Clinton will be good for everybody in Clinton, including PC,” Randall said in a 2003 Clinton Chronicle article shortly after he was sworn into office.
In 2004, Randall was promoted to the position he has held for the last nine years. As Executive Director of Alumni and Community Relations, he has been responsible for the PC Alumni Association, Alumni Board of Directors, Parents’ Council, Homecoming, and class reunions.
“I have enjoyed my many years and many roles at Presbyterian College,” Randall said. “I have spent most of my adult life on campus. I met my wife, Kim, here and raised my daughters, Kelley and Taylor, here.
“I love the alumni, and I feel like I have 10,000 good friends. I will miss that interaction, but I will still be living in Clinton and will be very involved with PC.”
In addition to his involvement with PC and as mayor, Randall is currently President of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, past National Chair of the American Public Power Policy Makers Council and the APPA Board, Chairman of the Board of Piedmont Municipal Power Agency, Chairman of the Board of the Clinton Newberry Natural Gas Authority, on the Southern Municipal Conference Board, and on the Executive Committee of the Upstate SC Alliance. He is an ordained elder and member of the choir at First Presbyterian Church. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Laurens County Community Theatre since 1985 and was president from 1987-1988. He has also served on the Board of Visitors for The Hospital Foundation of Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, S.C.; on the Board of Directors for the Clinton Family YMCA; with Leadership Laurens County VI; and as President of the Athens “Y” Camp National Alumni Association and the Clinton Rotary Club.
Randall is married to Kimberly Byers Randall ‘79, and they have two daughters, Kelley ‘05 and Taylor ‘10, and two grandchildren. The Randalls will continue to reside in Clinton.