ATHENS–Ron Baugh, former longtime beloved president of Trinity Valley Community College, died Jan. 7 according to family. Baugh served the students at TVCC from 1983 - 2008, with the last 21 as president, and his passion for educational opportunities for all and a true love for TVCC shone in all of his many accomplishments during his time there.
Under Baugh’s 25-year tenure as president, the TVCC Foundation and endowment fund was established to raise funds primarily to provide scholarship opportunities to students, the college athletic program experienced the most successful era, which produced eight national championships in cheerleading, five in women’s basketball and two in football, and numerous construction and renovation projects were completed in 10 buildings, including the football field house. The last building to be completed was named in his honor – Ronald C. Baugh Technology Center.
Baugh was inducted into the eighth Cardinal Hall of Fame class in 2015 as a special contributor.
His greatest accomplishment was a faithful marriage of 57 years and his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his devoted wife Glenda Powell Baugh his son and daughter-in-law Terry and Alicia Baugh, his daughter and son-in-law Tanya and Bryan Gorka, his grandchildren Tucker, Nixon, Elliot and Terra and family Brice and their daughter Evangelina, his brothers Robert Baugh, Royce Baugh and sister Ruth Ann Baugh Duffy, and his mother-in-law Doris “Mimi” Powell Rogers.
He was greeted in Heaven by his parents Ernest and Ruby Pearl Baugh and numerous family and friends.
Honorary pallbearers are the Board of Trustees for TVCC, friends at Athens Fish and Game, and Dr. Jerry King.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund in his honor has been set up. Donations can be made at Trinity Valley Community College Ron Baugh Scholarship, 100 Cardinal Drive, Athens, Texas 75751.