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October 5, 2011
J. Richard Cain has been named to represent Laurens County on the Piedmont Technical College Area Commission. Members of the governing board are recommended by their legislative delegation and appointed by the governor for four-year terms. Cain replaces Randy Garrett, who represented the county from 2007-2011.
Cain is a native of Laurens County. He earned his associate degree from Spartanburg Methodist, his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern and his master’s from the University of South Carolina. He is currently seeking a master of divinity from Erskine College.
An active member of his community, Cain serves as a chaplain for Self Regional Healthcare. He is a member of the Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church and the SC State Employees Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors.
He has held various positions in many community and state organizations, including president of the Laurens Kiwanis Club and president of the Laurens County State Employees Association. He also served on the Workforce Development Board in both Spartanburg and Greenwood/Laurens.
Cain has long held a connection to the technical college system. He serves on the Greenwood Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Board that provides annual scholarships to Piedmont Technical College students.
Cain and his wife Janice have two children, Leigh Ann Lindholm and Andrew Cain.
Cain says he is willing and ready to work toward the betterment of the citizens of Laurens County. He is grateful for the opportunity to work with Piedmont Tech and acknowledges its value in the Laurens community.
“It is a joy to be on the area commission and work with Piedmont Tech for the services it provides to the community and to this region,” Cain said.
“We are glad to have Mr. Cain on board with all of the experience and leadership that he can bring to our meetings. We know he will support the college just as much as he supports Laurens County,” said Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Tech.