Associate VP, Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and
Technology (SIMT) at Florence-Darlington Technical College
Tressa Gardner is the Associate VP of the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SIMT) at Florence-Darlington Technical College. Ms. Gardner connects business, industry, inventors and entrepreneurs with the advanced technological resources of the SiMT to increase innovation, expand capabilities, and improve efficiency and time to market. The SiMT’s extensive resources and capabilities support medical device development, aerospace, automotive, advanced manufacturing, and R&D. She also represents FDTC as Co-Principal Investigator on the CA2VES project, an initiative of Clemson University’s Center for Workforce Development.
Ms. Gardner received a BS in Economics from Francis Marion University and a Master of Arts in Economics from Clemson University. She served as Co-PI and Project Manager on numerous National Science Foundation grants to Florence-Darlington Technical College from 2003-2013 before joining the SiMT as Director of Business Development in 2013, and was named Associate VP in 2016. Prior to joining the college, she was Quality Assurance and Safety Coordinator Director for S &W Manufacturing. She was recently chosen as a 2017 Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, was FDTC’s Administrator of the Year in 2008 and was honored as a YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) recipient in 2009. She also serves on the boards of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance and Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center.