Dr. T. Eston "Bud" Marchant assumed the position of president of Central Carolina Community College in August 2008. Prior to his position at CCCC, his higher education career has included service as vice president for Educational Affairs at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina, vice president for Educational Programs at South Piedmont Community College in North Carolina, dean at Union Technical Education Center at Anson and Stanly community colleges in North Carolina, director of Continuing Education at the College of Charleston (S.C.), and dean of business and Continuing Education/Off-Campus Programs and director of Hilton Head Center for the Technical College of the Lowcountry in South Carolina. He started his career in education as a social studies teacher and assistant principal, also in South Carolina.
Marchant also has a unique background of service as executive director of the Greater Beaufort (S.C.) Chamber of Commerce and economic development and tourism agent for the cities of Beaufort and Port Royal.
Marchant holds a bachelor's degree in History/Education from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree in Administration from Winthrop College. He received his Educational Specialist degree from The Citadel, and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota.