Dr. Richard Gough

Richard Gough is the president of the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, one of 16 colleges in South Carolina’s statewide technical college system. Richard provides leadership for a college with three campuses serving four counties as well as two Marine installations in southern South Carolina. The Technical College of the Lowcountry has 2,300 students pursuing 80 courses of study.

Richard, a 2016 graduate of Leadership South Carolina, has a bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State and master’s degrees from both Pepperdine University and the Naval Postgraduate School. He has Ph.Ds. in higher education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and East Carolina University.

Following a 25-year career in the Marine Corps as an aviation logistics officer, Richard worked in executive positions at Montgomery Community College and Sandhills Community College, both in North Carolina, before coming to Beaufort.


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