Kelvin Byrd has been named dean of the School of Aviation, Construction and Transportation Technologies at Greenville Technical College. The school is one of six new ones created to group academic choices into clusters that are “logical and easy for the public to access,” according to a news release.
As dean, Byrd is responsible for a variety of programs that include aircraft maintenance technology, auto body repair, automotive technology, building construction technology and truck driver training.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Byrd began his career at Greenville Tech in 1994 as an adjunct welding instructor and later became department head for welding and mechatronics. He most recently served as associate dean of industrial manufacturing and interim director for the Center for Manufacturing Innovation. Prior to Greenville Tech, he worked for General Electric as a lead welder and machinist and for 13 years owned and managed his own welding company. He also spent 12 years with Greenville County Schools teaching machine tool and welding classes.
Byrd was instrumental in the development of the college’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree, assisting with curriculum design and faculty recruitment, the release said. He has designed and implemented online classes for the mechatronics and welding programs, implemented early college dual credit welding classes, and has worked with industry partners in the development of customized, industry-specific programs and classes.