Alumnus, CEO of Global Research Institute To Speak at USC Upstate Jan. 31

January 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

The University Wayne Holdenof South Carolina Upstate welcomes Dr. Wayne Holden ‘79, president and chief executive officer of RTI International, to the George Dean Johnson, Jr., College of Business and Economics on Friday, Jan. 31, at noon in the BMW Classroom to share how his background as a basketball player, researcher and clinical psychologist have combined to give him a unique perspective of leadership.

RTI International ( is one of the world’s leading research institutes. Dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice, its staff of more than 3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis.

Holden, only the fourth president and CEO in the RTI International since 1958, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology. This record-holding basketball player credits the strong foundation of learning fostered at USC Upstate as one of the key components to his subsequent success.

“With a larger global organization, you quickly realize that overall leadership, coaching others and focusing on teamwork at the CEO level are instrumental to getting the job done,” said Holden. “The quality of education I received at USC Upstate was good…faculty took time to help me become a better writer and thinker, which prepared me well and gave me a strong foundation for the graduate work and subsequent jobs in academia and the corporate world.”

Research at RTI International focuses on health, drug discovery and development, education and training, surveys and statistics, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, advanced technology, as well as laboratory and chemistry services. Notable achievements include Taxol® and camptothecinTM, speech processing for cochlear implants, survey technology (ACASI), wind shear avoidance system, indoor air quality research, neglected tropical disease treatment program, clean coal technology, malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis prevention and treatment programs.

This presentation is part of the Wells Fargo Lecture Series. Online registration is required. Go to to register. Ticket prices include lunch and are $10 for community members and $5 for USC Upstate faculty, staff and retirees. Admission is free for USC Upstate students. The Johnson College is located at 160 E. State. St., in Spartanburg.

For more information, contact Bea Walters Smith at 864-503-5235 or Mike Irvin at 864-503-5217.