Department Chair of Industrial Technology
Midlands Technical College
P.O. Box 2408
Columbia, SC 29202
Alan Clayton attended both the University of South Carolina and Clemson University as a recipient of The James F. Byrnes Scholarship. While a student at Clemson, he was an active member of both Iota Lambda Sigma (Industrial Education Honorary Society) and the Clemson Graphic Arts Society. Upon receiving a B.S. in Industrial Education from Clemson University, Alan immediately began teaching Graphic Communications at the high school level. Having an entrepreneurial bent, he also launched and ran a successful screen printing business during the early, “formative” years of his career.
On leaving secondary education, he spent several years as the Assistant Plant Manager for a medium sized printing company and operated his own business prior to returning to education as an instructor and Program Coordinator at Midlands Technical College for six years. He then spent 13 years, with a top secret security clearance, managing the on-site printing facilities at a DOE nuclear weapons facility. Upon leaving that position, he managed multiple production teams for a large ($250M/year) magazine publisher before leaving to launch and operate two regional magazines in his home state of South Carolina.
Although proud of his career accomplishments, they pale in comparison to his personal achievements/blessings. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 33 years and they have been blessed with four children and three grandchildren (so far!). To see his children mature into well balanced, successful adults is indeed his greatest accomplishment. In fact, watching his own children pursue, struggle & succeed with their career pursuits has inspired him to be even more vigilant in providing career training opportunities for students at Midlands Technical College.
After a long and varied career in education, large corporate and small business, he is currently serving as the Department Chair of Industrial Technology at Midlands Technical College where he has a passion for helping students become successful across the eight programs in his department.