February 04, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Randy Grimes


By: Simone Keller

“The education that I received at UofSC along with the skills and training had a major impact on what I do now.  Being actively involved in several organizations during my tenure at South Carolina laid the foundation for who I am and for what I do today.”

Randy Grimes is a 1985 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and emphasis on broadcast production.


With over 30 years of television production experience and his desire for educating others, Randy currently serves as Department Head of the Film and Media Arts Department at Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC.


While at UofSC, Randy was actively involved in the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., where he served as chapter recorder. Randy was also a member of Alpha Epsilon Rho, the national honor society for electronic media, a reporter as a WUSC Radio, and interned as a production assistant at Columbia Cable Television.


Now as a Department Head, Randy said, “I often reflect back on my days as a student at Carolina and regularly share those experiences with my students.   It is my hope that the students learn from my experiences as they begin to navigate their own path.”


As a former student, Randy encourages students to maximize the opportunities that are presented to them.


“Take every advantage of networking and meeting people who can impact and shape your career.  Lastly, have fun and enjoy your college days.  It is truly one of the best times of your life and will be the foundation for a successful and meaningful life,” Randy shared.


Randy’s favorite part of being involved in the Black Alumni Council is being afforded an opportunity to pay it forward, whether it is financial support to the Richard T. Greener scholarship, sharing experiences with students, or being a mentor and resource. Randy desires to make a difference in a life that will help make the world a better place.


Randy’s advice to students is that it’s not what you know.  It’s not even who you know. It’s who knows you.  Integrate, get involved and make your mark!  Time is our most precious commodity.  Seize the moment!”


Learn more about the Black Alumni Council by visiting mycarolina.org/bac.

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