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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Midlands Tech President Dr. Sonny White Jr. will retire at the end of next year, the school announced Wednesday.

White has been thehead of the school since 2006.

The school credits White for leading the school through major growth and expansion. Since he started, the college opened campuses in Batesburg-Leesville and Fairfield County, and created theHarbison Theatre.

Before coming to Midlands Tech White had beena senior global executive with Ciba-Geigy andtheexecutive vice president of Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina.

The Midlands TechCommission will launch a nationwide search for White's successor and expects to have a candidate in place before White steps down.