News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032



March 9, 2012

York Tech's McGill Honored as Governor's Professor of the Year Finalist

ROCK HILLóJohn McGill, York Technical Collegeís Science Department Chair, was recognized last week as a finalist for the Governorís Professor of the Year Award for 2012. The South Carolina Higher Education Foundation (SCHEF) hosted a luncheon on the USC campus to honor all of the professors nominated for awards.

The 10 finalists were selected from among 34 candidates nominated by their respective institutions who exemplify excellence in teaching and student advising.

During a span of 23 years, McGill has taught a wide variety of science courses, primarily at York Tech, where he began as an adjunct in 1993. His students benefit from his creativity and innovation as an instructor. McGill developed an online ecology lab course in which students use a lab kit to catch aquatic invertebrates, test water quality, and evaluate the effect of soil quality on plant growth. In his classes, McGill makes use of the woods and streams on the York Tech campus to allow biology students to study the ecological diversity and the stability of local plant and animal communities.

In response to the needs of area industry, McGill has coordinated and developed online and classroom hazardous waste training, which has grown into a chemical intern program, resulting in job placement for 75 percent of the program's students to date.

The South Carolina Governorís Professor of the Year program honors professors from public and private 2- and 4-year institutions who have demonstrated exceptional teaching performance, scholarship, and service. Individual honorees represent the best at their respective institutions, individuals who transform the lives of their students. By recognizing and applauding the exemplary accomplishments of faculty throughout the state, the SCHEF encourages a pursuit of excellence as well as ensuring that South Carolina retains its most talented and respected faculty members.

For more information, contact Michael McAllister at (803) 327-8032.

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