Eduardo Nieves, web developer for the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, will deliver the commencement address at the Tri-County Technical College graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 4. Nieves began his post-secondary education at Tri-County Tech in 1986 and said he believed his experience there paved the way for success in his career and personal life.
Nieves is a first-generation student and entered the college’s associate of science program with a plan to transfer to Clemson.
“I learned to take advantage of TCTC’s resources, which helped me be a better college student. These resources gave me the tools to write well, think critically, and overcome the math barrier. My instructors encouraged me, pushed me academically and showed me I could keep going,” Nieves said.
Nieves transferred to Clemson in 1988 and earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems in 1992. After graduating, he didn’t have to look far for a job, accepting a position in the technology department information from Clemson. Three decades later, he is still working in IT for Clemson, as a web developer for CAAH.
In the late 1990s, Nieves felt called to ministry and began a new chapter in his life. He attended Southern Wesleyan University, where he earned a master’s degree in ministry. He earned a second master’s degree at Pentecostal Theological Seminary six years later.
In 2000 he began working as a part-time youth pastor at Belton Church of God and on Father’s Day 2004 he founded New Manna Church in Anderson where he pastored for the past 17 years.
He is very active in the local Hispanic community and is currently pursuing his doctorate. in theology. He conducts empirical research on the community impact of churches supporting migrant families in Greenville.
Nieves is actively involved in his work and his community. He is a founding member of the executive committee and past chair of Clemson University’s Commission on Latin American Affairs. He is also a member of the Anderson County Latinx Advisory Council, the Tri-County Technical College Board of Visitors, the Clemson University Council for Diversity, and the Hispanic Pastors Association of Greenville County.
He and his wife, Kristie, who is a human resources manager for the Office of Human Resources, live in Anderson and have three children.