After graduating from Emmanuel College and attending the University of South Carolina Bob married Sylvia Causey McConnell in 1974. He was then employed in the steel industry for 13 years. In 1984, they bought a small business that had been in operation for 42 years. From that very small operation, God blessed them and they were able to build a very thriving business. After 21 years, they decided to sell their home and business , retire and move to the Franklin Springs area to be near their son, Kirk McConnell, and his wife, Stephanie, both of whom are Emmanuel graduates as well. Bob and his wife have one grandson, Will who is 9 years old.
After retiring again and hearing the appeal from Dr. White about the need for someone to help bring together all the service areas of the students, faculty and staff, Bob asnwered the call. As a culture of service is developed here at Emmanuel, it is Bob's desire to see service to our fellowman become a lifestyle for all of us.