“Bud” Marchant to Lead Trails Association

The Laurens County Trails Association has a new Director. The Board has announced the election of Dr. T. Eston “Bud” Marchant as its new Executive Director. The board’s announcement states that Marchant brings a strong background in both academics and economic development along with a wealth of leadership experience. His education includes a bachelor’s degree from USC; a Master’s in Education from Winthrop and a Doctor of Education from the University of Sarasota, Florida. He also holds certificates from the Citadel and Harvard. Marchant has served at Beaufort Technical College, as Director at the College of Charleston, Dean at

Anson and Stanly Community Colleges of North Carolina, and as Vice President at Piedmont Technical College. On April 1 he will be retiring from his current role as President of Central Carolina Community College in Sanford North Carolina and will assume his Laurens County Trails Association role in April.

The LCTA announcement says that Bud Marchant has always loved the outdoors, particularly enjoying hiking and biking. During his time in Charleston he recognized the power of trails in economic development. He’s also served as the director of economic development for the City of Beaufort and as the Executive Director of the Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.

Bud and his late wife Emilie first came to Laurens County over 20 years ago for him to run the Laurens County Higher Education Center. Marchant said, “We fell in love with Clinton’s small-town charm and culture, and very quickly decided that this was “the place we wanted to be.” In 2008 the Clinton Chronicle named him the Citizen of the Year in Clinton. Other work here has included leadership in the County’s Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Parks and Recreation Board.

Of responsibilities facing him in this new role, Marchant said, The Swamp Rabbit Trail is an incredible driver of economic development in the communities it passes through. Laurens County has the potential to become the ‘Green Side of Greenville’ attracting growth and new residents.”

Bud will succeed Don Walker, who has served as LCTA’s Executive Director since its inception. Don and his wife will be moving to North Carolina with his wife’s career. Until then, Don and Bud will work together to ensure a smooth transition.