South Carolina General Assembly
117th Session, 2007-2008
Journal of the Senate

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
(Statewide Session)

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

The Senate assembled at 12:00 Noon, the hour to which it stood adjourned, and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

A quorum being present, the proceedings were opened with a devotion by the Chaplain as follows:

The Psalmist writes:

"Love the Lord, all you his saints. The Lord preserves the faithful, but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily."   (Psalm 31:23)
Join me as we bow in prayer, please:

Gracious God, we praise You for all of our South Carolina saints, those who have served and who do serve our State so charitably and unselfishly. Some are no longer with us, yet all of us certainly have our own opportunities to be Your 'saints,' dear Lord-those set apart to care genuinely and deeply for others. May each member of this Senate strive to serve in Your name wisely and well-unfailingly honoring the best interests of those who live within our borders. In Your loving name we pray, Lord. Amen.

The PRESIDENT called for Petitions, Memorials, Presentments of Grand Juries and such like papers.

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR

The following appointment was transmitted by the Honorable Mark C. Sanford:

Statewide Appointment

Reappointment, Board of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, with the term to commence June 30, 2007, and to expire June 30, 2011
3rd Congressional District:
Steven G. Kisner, 2436 Summit Drive, Aiken, SC 29801

Referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Doctor of the Day

Senator COURSON introduced Dr. March Seabrook of Columbia, S.C., Doctor of the Day.

Leave of Absence

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, at 1:02 P.M., Senator LEATHERMAN was granted a leave of absence for today.

Leave of Absence

At 1:22 P.M., Senator KNOTTS requested a leave of absence beginning at 1:30 P.M. today until tomorrow at 10:00 A.M.

S. 1168 (Word version)     Sen. Alexander
S. 1174 (Word version)     Sen. Alexander

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

The following were introduced:

S. 1193 (Word version) -- Senators Matthews and Hutto: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF VIRGINIA WILSON OF BAMBERG COUNTY AND TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR HER MANY YEARS AS A TEACHER AND FOR HER SERVICE ON THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
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The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House.

S. 1194 (Word version) -- Senators Drummond and O'Dell: A SENATE RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE PROFOUND SORROW OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA SENATE UPON THE DEATH OF MRS. MARGARET WALLACE BAILEY TINSLEY OF GREENWOOD COUNTY AND TO EXTEND THEIR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HER FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS.
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S. 1195 (Word version) -- Senators Williams and Elliott: A SENATE RESOLUTION TO CONGRATULATE BILLY THOMPSON OF MARION COUNTY UPON BEING NAMED CITY OF MARION EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR.
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S. 1196 (Word version) -- Senator Lourie: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO CONGRATULATE WILLIAM JAMES "JAY" PRICE OF RICHLAND COUNTY UPON THE OCCASION OF HIS BEING NAMED SOUTH CAROLINA SPEECH AND HEARING ASSOCIATION AMBASSADOR FOR 2008.
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The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House.

H. 3912 (Word version) -- Reps. White and Bales: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-30, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENT TO BE LICENSED TO PRACTICE MEDICINE AND TO SPECIFY WHAT IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS PRACTICING MEDICINE, SO AS TO CLARIFY THAT A PHYSICIAN MAY DELEGATE CERTAIN TASKS TO AN UNLICENSED PERSON IF THE PHYSICIAN IS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PHYSICIAN IS NOT PROHIBITED FROM PRACTICING IN CONSULTATION WITH A SOUTH CAROLINA PHYSICIAN CONCERNING AN OPINION FOR THE SOUTH CAROLINA PHYSICIAN IN MANAGING THE CASE AND TREATMENT OF A PATIENT IN THIS STATE; TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-32, RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE TO PRACTICE MEDICINE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PHYSICIAN WHO GRADUATED FROM A SCHOOL OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES OR CANADA AND WHO HAS BEEN LICENSED FOR FIVE YEARS, RATHER THAN TEN YEARS, IN ANOTHER STATE, THE PHYSICIAN IS ONLY REQUIRED TO DOCUMENT ONE YEAR OF POST GRADUATE RESIDENCY TRAINING AND TO REVISE THE TIME WITHIN WHICH CERTAIN SPECIALTY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE UNDERTAKEN IN ORDER TO BE SUBSTITUTED FOR REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 40-47-35, RELATING TO LICENSURE AS AN EXPERT MEDICAL WITNESS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT RATHER THAN THE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS LICENSING A PHYSICIAN AS AN EXPERT WITNESS, A PHYSICIAN WHO TESTIFIES IN A PROCEEDING IN THIS STATE IS DEEMED TO HAVE SUBMITTED TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD AND TO PROVIDE NOTICE AND INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES FOR COMPLAINTS RECEIVED.

Read the first time and, on motion of Senator MALLOY, with unanimous consent, the Bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4348 (Word version) -- Reps. Hagood, Bales and Battle: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 61-6-1100, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF MANUFACTURERS OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS, SO AS TO ELIMINATE THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS PROHIBITING OWNERSHIP OR OPERATION OF MORE THAN ONE ESTABLISHMENT, TO ALLOW LIMITED ON-PREMISES AND OFF-PREMISES TASTINGS, AND TO PROVIDE REGULATIONS ON THE SALE, PURCHASE, AND TRANSPORT OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS BY MANUFACTURERS.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4601 (Word version) -- Reps. W. D. Smith, Cobb-Hunter, Talley, Hagood, Scott, Viers, Mitchell, Clemmons and Whipper: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-1180, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO VICTIMS' COMPENSATION AWARDS, SO AS TO ALLOW THE CRIME VICTIM'S ADVISORY BOARD TO AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL COUNSELING FOR VICTIMS BASED ON DOCUMENTED NEED; TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-1230, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO CRIME VICTIMS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS, SO AS TO ALLOW CLAIM SUBMISSION VIA FACSIMILE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC MEANS; TO AMEND ARTICLE 14, CHAPTER 3 OF TITLE 16, RELATING TO THE VICTIM/WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, SO AS TO RESTRUCTURE THE PROGRAM SO AS TO EMPOWER THE STATE OFFICE OF VICTIM ASSISTANCE TO PROVIDE CERTAIN SERVICES CURRENTLY PROVIDED BY THE VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND, TO RESTRUCTURE THE VICTIMS' SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED, TO CREATE THE VICTIM SERVICES COORDINATING COUNCIL AND PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP, AND TO CREATE THE OFFICE OF VICTIM SERVICES EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION WITHIN THE OFFICE OF THE CRIME VICTIMS' OMSBUDSMAN AND ESTABLISH CERTIFICATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR VICTIM SERVICE PROVIDERS; AND BY ADDING SECTION 16-3-1680 SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE CRIME VICTIMS' OMSBUDSMAN TO PROMULGATE NECESSARY REGULATIONS.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4620 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrell, Harrison, Cato, Hagood, Howard, W. D. Smith, Walker, White, Stavrinakis, Bedingfield, G. R. Smith, Hart and Viers: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 7, ARTICLE VI, CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO DELETE THE ADJUTANT GENERAL, COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE, SECRETARY OF STATE, AND SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION FROM THE LIST OF STATE OFFICERS WHICH THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TO BE ELECTED AND PROVIDE THAT UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERMS OF THESE OFFICERS SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS PROVISION, THEY MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, UPON THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, TO SERVE AT HIS PLEASURE AND TO BE REMOVABLE BY HIM FOR ANY REASON; PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 4, ARTICLE XIII, RELATING TO THE ADJUTANT GENERAL AND HIS STAFF OFFICERS, SO AS TO UPDATE REFERENCES TO HIS TITLE AND MILITARY RANK, AND TO PROVIDE THAT UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS PROVISION, HE MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR IN THE MANNER REQUIRED BY SECTION 7, ARTICLE VI; AND PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 1, ARTICLE XI, RELATING TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, SO AS TO ABOLISH THE BOARD EFFECTIVE UPON THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION BEING APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4754 (Word version) -- Reps. G. R. Smith and Hamilton: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 6-11-2027 SO AS TO ALLOW THE GOVERNING BODY OF A SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICT CREATED BY ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT PROVIDES RECREATIONAL SERVICES AND HAS AS ITS BOUNDARY THE SAME AS THE COUNTY IN WHICH IT IS LOCATED TO VOLUNTARILY DISSOLVE ITSELF AND TRANSFER ITS ASSETS AND LIABILITIES TO A COUNTY IF ACCEPTED BY RESOLUTION OF ITS GOVERNING BODY AND TO PROVIDE FOR CALCULATING THE MILLAGE LIMITATION FOR A COUNTY WHEN A SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICT TRANSFERS ITS ASSETS AND LIABILITIES TO A COUNTY.

Read the first time and, on motion of Senator FAIR, with unanimous consent, H. 4754 was ordered placed on the Calendar without reference.

H. 4816 (Word version) -- Reps. Bingham, Ballentine, Frye, Haley, Huggins, McLeod, Ott, E. H. Pitts, Spires and Toole: A BILL TO AMEND ACT 378 OF 2004, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT, SO AS TO REVISE THE METHOD BY WHICH THE PROPERTY TAX CREDIT ALLOWED PURSUANT TO THIS ACT APPLIES WITH RESPECT TO THE NONSCHOOL-RELATED PROPERTY TAX LIABILITY OF AN OWNER-OCCUPIED RESIDENCE.

Read the first time and ordered placed on the Local and Uncontested Calendar.

H. 4835 (Word version) -- Reps. Hosey, Cotty, Govan, Clyburn, Agnew, Alexander, Allen, Anderson, Anthony, Bales, Ballentine, Bannister, Barfield, Battle, Bedingfield, Bingham, Bowen, Bowers, Brady, Branham, Brantley, Breeland, G. Brown, R. Brown, Cato, Chalk, Clemmons, Cobb-Hunter, Coleman, Cooper, Crawford, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Duncan, Edge, Erickson, Frye, Funderburk, Gambrell, Gullick, Hagood, Haley, Hamilton, Hardwick, Harrell, Harrison, Hart, Harvin, Haskins, Hayes, Herbkersman, Hiott, Hodges, Howard, Huggins, Hutson, Jefferson, Jennings, Kelly, Kennedy, Kirsh, Knight, Leach, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Loftis, Lowe, Lucas, Mack, Mahaffey, McLeod, Merrill, Miller, Mitchell, Moody-Lawrence, Moss, Mulvaney, J. H. Neal, J. M. Neal, Neilson, Ott, Owens, Parks, Perry, Phillips, Pinson, E. H. Pitts, M. A. Pitts, Rice, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, Sellers, Shoopman, Simrill, Skelton, D. C. Smith, F. N. Smith, G. M. Smith, G. R. Smith, J. E. Smith, J. R. Smith, W. D. Smith, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stewart, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Toole, Umphlett, Vick, Viers, Walker, Weeks, Whipper, White, Whitmire, Williams, Witherspoon and Young: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE DR. WILLIS C. HAM, OF COLUMBIA, FOR AN AMAZING SPORTS CAREER AND TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON BEING INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE DIRECTORS OF ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME IN JUNE 2008.

The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered returned to the House.

THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO A CALL OF THE UNCONTESTED LOCAL AND STATEWIDE CALENDAR.

The following Bills were read the third time and ordered sent to the House of Representatives:

S. 1063 (Word version) -- Senator Martin: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 34-11-60(D) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE DRAWING OF A FRAUDULENT CHECK, TO INCREASE THE TIME A PAYEE HAS TO DEPOSIT A CHECK TO TWENTY-ONE DAYS SO THAT THE DRAWER OF THE CHECK MAY BE PROSECUTED.

S. 500 (Word version) -- Senators Knotts and Ford: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 15-78-60, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO IMMUNITY UNDER THE TORT CLAIMS ACT, SO AS TO PROVIDE CIVIL LIABILITY IMMUNITY FOR A LOSS RESULTING FROM CERTAIN DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING COUNCIL; AND TO AMEND SECTION 23-23-90, RELATING TO INTERNAL DOCUMENTS OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING COUNCIL, SO AS TO CLARIFY THAT AN ACTION MAY NOT BE BROUGHT BASED ON CERTAIN DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING COUNCIL UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.

Senator RITCHIE explained the Bill.

S. 865 (Word version) -- Senators Alexander, O'Dell, Short and Knotts: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-43-350, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR THE STANDARDIZED PROPERTY TAX BILL, SO AS TO REVISE THESE REQUIREMENTS TO REFLECT THE EXEMPTION FROM MILLAGE IMPOSED FOR SCHOOL OPERATIONS FOR OWNER-OCCUPIED RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY AND THE AMOUNT REIMBURSED THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FROM THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FUND FOR THAT EXEMPTION AND TO REFLECT ANY CREDIT AGAINST THE PROPERTY TAX LIABILITY FOR COUNTY OPERATIONS ON OWNER-OCCUPIED RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY ATTRIBUTABLE TO EXCESS BALANCES IN THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FUND.

S. 1120 (Word version) -- Senator Land: A BILL TO PROVIDE THAT FROM JUNE 1, 2008, TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2008, A NON-RESIDENT MAY OBTAIN A LIFETIME COMBINATION LICENSE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.

CARRIED OVER

S. 577 (Word version) -- Senator Sheheen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 22-3-560, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO JURISDICTION AND PROCEDURE IN MAGISTRATES' COURTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A MAGISTRATE MAY PUNISH BY FINE NOT EXCEEDING ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS OR IMPRISONMENT FOR A TERM NOT EXCEEDING SIXTY DAYS, OR BOTH, ALL ASSAULTS AND BATTERIES AGAINST SPORTS OFFICIALS AND COACHES.

On motion of Senator MALLOY, the Bill was carried over.

S. 833 (Word version) -- Senator Knotts: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 47-1-45 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE TETHERING, FASTENING, CHAINING, TYING, OR RESTRAINING A DOG TO A STATIONARY OBJECT FOR MORE THAN THREE HOURS A DAY OR FOR MORE THAN SIX HOURS A DAY ON A TROLLEY SYSTEM; TO PROVIDE CLASS I MISDEMEANOR CRIMINAL PENALTIES; AND TO AUTHORIZE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BY ORDINANCE TO VARY THESE REGULATIONS.

On motion of Senator VERDIN, the Bill was carried over.

The following Joint Resolution, having been read the second time, was ordered placed on the Third Reading Calendar:

S. 1191 (Word version) -- Fish, Game and Forestry Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, RELATING TO SEASONS, LIMITS, AND METHODS OF TAKING WILDLIFE, SPECIAL USE RESTRICTIONS ON WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS, AND PROVISIONS FOR TAKING FURBEARING ANIMALS, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 3141, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.

H. 4770 (Word version) -- Reps. Miller and Anderson: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PORT OF GEORGETOWN AND SUPPORT FUTURE EFFORTS BY GEORGETOWN COUNTY AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE PORTS AUTHORITY TO GROW CARGO VOLUMES FOR THE ECONOMIC BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY AND STATE.

The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered returned to the House.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., March 6, 2008

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 3632 (Word version) -- Reps. Chalk, Haskins, Brantley, Bales, Harvin, Jefferson, Littlejohn, Mahaffey, Moss, Neilson, J.R. Smith and Whipper: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 40-33-25 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION MAY REQUIRE A CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECK OF AN APPLICANT FOR LICENSURE TO PRACTICE NURSING AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT MAY REQUIRE SUCH A BACKGROUND CHECK IN CONNECTION WITH AN INVESTIGATION OR DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDING OF A LICENSEE.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

THE CALL OF THE UNCONTESTED CALENDAR HAVING BEEN COMPLETED, THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO THE MOTION PERIOD.

RECALLED

H. 4823 (Word version) -- Reps. Harrell, Agnew, Alexander, Allen, Anderson, Anthony, Bales, Ballentine, Bannister, Barfield, Battle, Bedingfield, Bingham, Bowen, Bowers, Brady, Branham, Brantley, Breeland, G. Brown, R. Brown, Cato, Chalk, Clemmons, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Crawford, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Duncan, Edge, Erickson, Frye, Funderburk, Gambrell, Govan, Gullick, Hagood, Haley, Hamilton, Hardwick, Harrison, Hart, Harvin, Haskins, Hayes, Herbkersman, Hiott, Hodges, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Hutson, Jefferson, Jennings, Kelly, Kennedy, Kirsh, Knight, Leach, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Loftis, Lowe, Lucas, Mack, Mahaffey, McLeod, Merrill, Miller, Mitchell, Moody-Lawrence, Moss, Mulvaney, J.H. Neal, J.M. Neal, Neilson, Ott, Owens, Parks, Perry, Phillips, Pinson, E.H. Pitts, M.A. Pitts, Rice, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, Sellers, Shoopman, Simrill, Skelton, D.C. Smith, F.N. Smith, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, J.E. Smith, J.R. Smith, W.D. Smith, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stewart, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Toole, Umphlett, Vick, Viers, Walker, Weeks, Whipper, White, Whitmire, Williams, Witherspoon and Young: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST MARK SANFORD, GOVERNOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA, ACTING WITH OR THROUGH APPROPRIATE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES, TO APPLY FOR AN EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE TO COMPLY WITH THE FEDERAL REAL ID ACT BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF MARCH 31, 2008, WHICH WILL ALLOW SOUTH CAROLINA TO ANALYZE THE IMPACT OF THE REAL ID ACT BUT WHICH WILL NOT REQUIRE SOUTH CAROLINA TO DECLARE ITS INTENT TO COMPLY WITH THIS ACT THEREBY ALLOWING THE STATE'S CURRENT CREDENTIALS TO BE RECOGNIZED AND ACCEPTED DURING THE EXTENSION PERIOD BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

Senator MARTIN moved to recall the Resolution from the Committee on Judiciary.

The Resolution was recalled from the Committee on Judiciary and was ordered placed on the Calendar for consideration tomorrow.

On motion of Senator MARTIN, the Senate agreed to dispense with the Motion Period.

THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO THE INTERRUPTED DEBATE.

DEBATE INTERRUPTED

H. 3427 (Word version) -- Reps. Whipper, Cobb-Hunter, Jennings, Mack, F.N. Smith, J.R. Smith, Weeks, Gullick, Mulvaney, Hamilton, G.R. Smith, Bedingfield and Haskins: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-1-110 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT COMMON LAW MARRIAGE IN THE STATE MAY NOT BE RECOGNIZED ON AND AFTER JANUARY 1, 2008, AND TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION FOR A COMMON LAW MARRIAGE EXISTING AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2007; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 20-1-360 RELATING TO THE VALIDITY OF A MARRIAGE CONTRACTED WITHOUT THE ISSUANCE OF A LICENSE.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill, the question being the adoption of the amendment proposed by the Committee on Judiciary.

Senator RANKIN spoke on the Bill.

Motion Under Rule 15A Failed

At 1:21 P.M., Senator MARTIN moved under the provisions of Rule 15A to set a time certain of 1:36 P.M. to vote on the entire matter of H. 3427.

Objection

Senator RYBERG asked unanimous consent to make a motion that the provisions of Rule 15A be waived insofar as it pertains to the fifteen minute time restriction.

Senator THOMAS objected.

Senator RANKIN resumed speaking on the Bill.

The time had arrived to vote on the motion under Rule 15A.

The "ayes" and "nays" were demanded and taken, resulting as follows:

Ayes 19; Nays 20

AYES

Alexander                 Bryant                    Campbell
Campsen                   Cleary                    Courson
Cromer                    Fair                      Gregory
Grooms                    Hayes                     Martin
O'Dell                    Peeler                    Ritchie
Ryberg                    Scott                     Setzler
Thomas

Total--19

NAYS

Ceips                     Drummond                  Ford
Hutto                     Jackson                   Land
Leventis                  Lourie                    Malloy
Massey                    Matthews                  McConnell
McGill                    Patterson                 Rankin
Reese                     Sheheen                   Short
Verdin                    Williams

Total--20

Not having received the necessary vote, the motion under Rule 15A failed.

On motion of Senator McCONNELL, with unanimous consent, debate was interrupted by adjournment, with Senator RANKIN retaining the floor.

COMMITTEE TO SCREEN CANDIDATES
FOR BOARDS OF TRUSTEES
OF STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Monday, February 25, 2008
10:15 a.m. - 1:37 p.m.

The meeting was conducted on February 25th, 2008 at 403 Blatt Building, Columbia, South Carolina, before Lisa F. Huffman, Court Reporter and Notary Public in and for the State of South Carolina.

APPEARANCES:

Representative Olin Phillips, Chairman
Senator Jake Knotts, Vice-Chairman
Representative Floyd Breeland
Representative Lanny F. Littlejohn
Senator Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.
Senator Thomas Alexander
Senator Linda Short

Also Present:     Sophia Derrick

CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Now we will begin. Thank you. Senator Knotts is --
SENATOR KNOTTS: I'm not leaving yet.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: You're not leaving yet? Okay. We're going to start off with the College of Charleston, First District, is Cherry Daniel. Cherry?
MS. DANIEL: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Please stand and raise your right hand. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Ms. Daniel, do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. DANIEL: No, sir, I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. DANIEL: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. DANIEL: No, sir, I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board --
MS. DANIEL: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: -- would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. DANIEL: I'm appointed to the Work Force Investment Board, but that is not a conflict.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Listen. Just give us a brief, since you are unopposed, if you'll just give us a brief synopsis, will be fine.
MS. DANIEL: Yes, sir. I am unopposed. I'm going on the 12th -- this is my 12th year at the College of Charleston. Having served as the trustee of my alma mater, the experience has afforded me tremendous insight and perspective, knowledge and making sound decisions that will ensure to continue success. Presently I serve on the Academic Affairs Committee, as well as the Institutional Advancement Committee. My thirteen years as a professional educator both in public and private education is perceived as a positive asset by my fellow alums, particularly with assisting them in the difficult decisions in the academic arena.
I ask that you support me in my efforts to continue serving.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Is there any question of any committee members for Ms. Daniel? None? Thank you very much.
MS. DANIEL: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. The Second District, Seat 4, G. Lee Mikell.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Raise your right hand. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Mikell, do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. MIKELL: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. MIKELL: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. MIKELL: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: No. Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. MIKELL: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Give a brief statement.
MR. MIKELL: Appreciate it. I'm Lee Mikell from Columbia; I work for SCANA. Running for a reelection for the Second District of South Carolina. I have enjoyed my time and currently serve as Chairman of the Alumni Relations Committee, and also on the Facilities Committee at the College of Charleston. I appreciate your consideration of my qualifications.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions from any of the committee members? None? Thank you very much. All right, Third District, Seat 6, J. Philip Bell. Mr. Bell, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. BELL: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. BELL: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. BELL: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. BELL: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Just a short statement.
MR. BELL: Good morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the Screening Committee. My name is James Philip Bell, and I represent the Third Congressional District, Seat 6. I reside in Greenwood, South Carolina. I've been married 25 years; have three children; and one which graduated from the College of Charleston. I'm president of Greenwood Capital Associates, an advisory firm located in Greenwood, South Carolina. I have been privileged to have been a trustee of the College of Charleston since 1996. Currently I serve as secretary of the board of trustees. During my time on the board, I served on the Finance Committee, Institutional Advancement Committee, Athletics Committee, Facilities Committee, Audit Committee and the Executive Committee. I've enjoyed serving as a trustee and believe that I served with honor and integrity. I look forward to another term, if elected. And thank you for your time.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: And thank you, sir. Are there any questions from the committee? I don't think so. Thank you, sir.
MR. BELL: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Lawrence R. Miller, Fourth District, Seat 8. Would you raise your right hand, Mr. Miller? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Miller, do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. MILLER: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. MILLER: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. MILLER: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. MILLER: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Give us a brief statement.
MR. MILLER: Yes. This is my third term as trustee of the College of Charleston. I've been in the banking industry for 37 years. I think that industry -- my experience there has served me well. I've chaired the Finance Committee of the College of Charleston. I now serve as a member of Finance Committee. Was also instrumental in getting a Audit Committee of the College of Charleston organized, and I now serve as its chairman. I'm also a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee. I thank you for your support in this reelection.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any committee members have any questions for Mr. Miller? Thank you, sir. Fifth Congressional, Seat 10, Dwight Johnson. Mr. Johnson, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Johnson, do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. JOHNSON: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. JOHNSON: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. JOHNSON: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. JOHNSON: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir.
MR. JOHNSON: Mr. Chairman, I currently serve as Chairman of the Athletic Committee and also on the Facilities Committee. This will be the third time I will be elected, if I am elected to the board. We've got a great board; we work well together. And I ask for your support for electing me to a third term.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Any questions of Mr. Miller? None. Thank you. Sixth District, Seat No. 12, Marie M. Land. Good morning, Ms. Land.
MS. LAND: Good morning.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Ms. Land, do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. LAND: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. LAND: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. LAND: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: None? Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. LAND: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, ma'am. Go ahead.
MS. LAND: All right. I'm a candidate for the College of Charleston, Board of Trustees, Seat 12 of the Sixth Congressional District. It has been my pleasure to serve on the Board for five terms as a trustee, elected by the General Assembly. I might add that during my 19 years of service, I have only missed one board meeting due to the birth of a grandchild. I am grateful for the opportunity and responsibility you and your colleagues have entrusted to me during this time. Having served on the Board during the tenure for a very fine president, during time of a change at the college, and in the role of higher education in South Carolina, I feel that my experience and length of service can offer institutional wisdom to the Board. I appreciate your consideration, and thank you for your due diligence in carrying out the important task of screening candidates. And that concludes my testimony. Thank you, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you very much. Any questions from any of the committee members for Ms. Land? None. Thank you.
MS. LAND: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: At-Large, Seat 14, Mr. James F. Hightower. Mr. Hightower, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Hightower, do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. HIGHTOWER: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. HIGHTOWER: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. HIGHTOWER: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. HIGHTOWER: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Go ahead.
MR. HIGHTOWER: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. My name is Jimmy Hightower. I'm president of Hightower Construction from Charleston, South Carolina. I've served on the -- I serve as chairman of the Facilities Committee of the College of Charleston. I'd like to continue to serve as a board member and dedicate whatever time and effort that is required to fulfill my obligation as a board member. Over the past five years, I've gained the level of knowledge in higher education, while I'm not an expert on higher education, I believe it's my business experience in the construction industry that benefits the College of Charleston during the building program. Mr. Chairman, committee members, I want to thank you for the consideration. You've given me an opportunity to continue to serve this state at the College of Charleston.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Any questions from the committee? None. Thank you, sir. That concludes College of Charleston. What is the pleasure of the committee?
SENATOR SHORT: Move favorable report on all candidates.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Senator Short is in favor.
REPRESENTATIVE LITTLEJOHN: Second.
SENATOR KNOTTS: Second.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Littlejohn second. Mr. Knotts. All in favor, signify by saying Aye.
COMMITTEE: Aye.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: The vote carries. All of you are considered a candidate. Let me tell you, we would expect to have the election, let me tell you that, probably sometime in mid-May, probably around the 20th of May. It's probably the last week or so in May; that's not firm. I'm just telling you, be prepared to come about that time for the election process. We'll let you know by letter, when you can ask for commitments. You cannot ask for commitments at this time, until you publish your records and the testimony in the House Journal and Senate Journal. After that, we will have a 48-hour period and you can come back and solicit your votes. Thank you very much. You may be excused.
(Candidates are excused.)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. The Citadel. We have At-large, three seats -- two seats at-large, and they are Douglas A. Snyder, the incumbent. Mr. Snyder, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Sir, thank you very much. Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. SNYDER: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. SNYDER: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. SNYDER: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: None? Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. SNYDER: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you very much.
MR. SNYDER: My statement today, as a courtesy of all the other candidates that are here, is I love The Citadel. I've served for 12 years. I would really appreciate the opportunity to serve again. I think that we are heading in the right direction. And hopefully you as the legislators and most people of South Carolina would be very proud of The Citadel as it stands.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Well, thank you very much. Any committee member have any items of question? None. Thank you very much.
MR. SNYDER: Thank you, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Glenn D. Addison is also a candidate, and he has told us he would be unable to attend today. He will be screened at a later date. The next seat is, one seat expires in 2013, and that is a seat by Colonel Ben Legare, as I know him. Colonel.
SENATOR KNOTTS: Got a lot of questions for him.
SENATOR PEELER: Who is this fellow?
COLONEL LEGARE: And you thought he was short, wait till you see me.
SENATOR KNOTTS: Going to make yours longer.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: We've seen you so much, Colonel, you don't have to say much now.
COLONEL LEGARE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
COLONEL LEGARE: I do not, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
COLONEL LEGARE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
COLONEL LEGARE: I do not, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
COLONEL LEGARE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Go ahead.
COLONEL LEGARE: I'm one of seven family members to graduate from The Citadel, dating back to 1896. And I served on active duty in the United States Army after graduating from The Citadel in 1963. I was awarded 17 awards and decorations, two tours in Vietnam. I was also employed at The Citadel from 1982 to 2007 as Director of Governmental Affairs. I received the 1993 Citadel Alumni Association Man of the Year Award, the 2007 Palmetto Metal from the Board of Visitors. And on my retirement from The Citadel in 2007, I received the Order of the Palmetto from Governor Sanford. And you-all were kind enough to give me a resolutions from both chambers for my active duty service. And I would look forward to serving my first term on The Citadel Board.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir.
COLONEL LEGARE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions?
REPRESENTATIVE BREELAND: Got one question; maybe a comment. Colonel Legare, The Citadel is in my district. And you have worked untiringly up here, just like the Energized Bunny, since you've been up here. So I'm hoping that you'll take that same energy to the Board of Trustees.
COLONEL LEGARE: I'll put another battery in it and go forward.
SENATOR KNOTTS: I thought he was The Citadel
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: When I first came here, the Colonel -- that as one of the first persons I met. I happened to be on the Education Committee, so he rounded me up. Thank you, sir. Thanks all of you for being willing to serve on the board of The Citadel. Do you have any motions --
(Cell phone interruption.)
MR. BREELAND: Move for approval.
MR. KNOTTS: Second.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: All in favor, signify by saying aye.
COMMITTEE: Aye.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Unanimous, thank you very much; you may be excused. We go to Clemson University. And let me make this statement before we get started with Clemson University. Let me say this, that we're sorry that Dr. Thomas Lynch does not want to continue to serve on the Clemson board, by virtue of his health problems. And at this time, before we screen any of these candidates, I will read your names: Louis B. Lynn, William C. Smith, Jr., Bob Peeler, Lucian Norton, Jr., Steven G. Strickland, Hunter C. Platt, and John L. Cote, Jr. If any of you would like to withdraw from this particular election today, you are welcome to do it in offer for the seat of Thomas Lynch. We will start tomorrow at twelve o'clock, when we get the release out, asking for letters of intent to run for that vacant position by Dr. Thomas Lynch. If any of you want to run for that, at this time, you may step up. We will not require you to do any SLED reports or anything that you submitted for this particular seat, because it is an at-large seat. All seats are at-large. If you would like to withdraw from this election and not participate in this three-man race, and under that one seat, you are welcome to do that. Do we have any of those candidates which would like to do that? You are not eligible to run for two different seats, I will remind you of that now. Once we screen you, we consider you running for this seat.
MR. STRICKLAND: Representative. My name is Steven G. Strickland. I'm an applicant for this election. I would withdraw for the next one.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: All right.
SENATOR KNOTTS: Mr. Chairman?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Yes, sir.
SENATOR KNOTTS: Do they have to fill out a new letter of intent?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Yes. You have to fill out a new letter of intent, but we will honor what you sent in here, rather than you having to go to all of those Clerk of Courts.
MR. STRICKLAND: That's not a problem. Would I coordinate with Ms. Derrick?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Right. I would ask you to submit a letter of intent, beginning tomorrow.
MR. STRICKLAND: Great. Thank you so much.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any other candidate?
REPRESENTATIVE LITTLEJOHN: Mr. Chairman, does that have a deadline?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Yes. It will be ten days.
MR. STRICKLAND: Within ten days.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Yes. We have a -- we would have a
-- we have a ten-day filing period --
MR. STRICKLAND: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: -- and I'm not sure what day that is.
SENATOR SHORT: Mr. Chairman, just so that he and everybody else is clear on that, that there will be an opportunity for other people to file for that seat as well.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Yes. They're already --
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: You've already had phone calls. We have nobody who is qualified except you, tomorrow, if you send in your letter of intent. Again --
MR. STRICKLAND: Correct.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: I'll just let you know, none of these who -- it will be published and will be listed as we do all our -- so we just want to let you know --
MR. STRICKLAND: Right.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: -- where we stand with that.
MR. STRICKLAND: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you very much, sir.
SENATOR KNOTTS: Mr. Chairman?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Yes, sir.
SENATOR KNOTTS: Is there anybody not present for this seat that we need to extend this opportunity to, that's not here today, that maybe we could allow?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: I'm not sure if they are all here or not; I can't answer that. We will as we go. If they're not here, we'll notify them. Does any of these -- I guess all of them are here.
MR. COTE: Right. I'm John Cote from Myrtle Beach.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Yes.
MR. COTE: And I will withdraw from this particular race and see if I can fill Thomas Lynch's position, if possible.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: All right. You send us another letter of intent tomorrow, stating that you would like to run for Dr. Thomas Lynch's seat --
MR. COTE: Okay.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: -- at-large.
MR. COTE: Okay. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Anybody else? Okay. That leaves -- and if you will just say "Yeah" if you're here -- Louie B. Lynn.
MR. LYNN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: William C. Smith.
MR. SMITH: Here
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Bob Peeler.
MR. PEELER: Here.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Lucian Norton.
MR. NORTON: Here.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: And Hunter Platt.
MR. PLATT: Here.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: They're all here. Thank you for that. I have a letter here Senator Peeler that says, "Please be advised that I will not participate in discussion and the screening process of Bob Peeler, which is a brother of Senator Peeler, a candidate for the at-large seat on the Clemson Board of Trustees." Thank you, Senator Peeler.
SENATOR KNOTTS: Mr. Chairman.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Yes, sir, Senator Knotts.
SENATOR KNOTTS: I ask to be excused. I've got to attend a funeral, and it's in Charlotte, so it's going to take me about an hour to get there.
SENATOR PEELER: Senator Knotts, for the record, it's going to take you longer than an hour. It might actually take you 55 minutes.
SENATOR KNOTTS: Anybody want to loan me their car?
SENATOR KNOTTS: Can I leave my proxy with one of --
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: You very well may.
SENATOR KNOTTS: And I understand Mr. Peeler's going to be going to the same funeral, and he's going to be leaving shortly, but I'd leave it with Senator Alexander.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir.
SENATOR PEELER: Mr. Chairman, I'd like to do the same thing; leave my proxy with Senator Alexander.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: You may.
SENATOR PEELER: Leaving for Dick Richardson's funeral, a former representative --
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: The funeral that they're talking about, some of you may be aware; some may not be aware. Becky Richardson, a former House member now serves on the Unemployment Security Commission, husband Dick Richardson died over the weekend. And they are wanting to attend, and they are welcome to go.
SENATOR KNOTTS: And I would like to state for the record, I have reviewed everything in my packet, and I have no concerns whatsoever on any of the candidates.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Would both of you express our sympathies to the family when you get there, from this committee and its members, sir?
SENATOR KNOTTS: Okay.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you very much. Okay then, get back to work here. At-large, three seats, Clemson University. And we will take Louis B. Lynn.
MR. LYNN: Good morning.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Good morning, sir. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Lynn, do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. LYNN: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. LYNN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. LYNN: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. LYNN: No. I'm appointed to the Commission of Higher Education, representing the research Universities at Carolina and the Medical University, and the Investment Board.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay.
MR. LYNN: They are appointed, though. No conflict.
MR. LYNN: I am -- my name is Louis Lynn. I've served on the Board for 20 years. And as I've said in the past, this is a labor of love for me. I'm a small businessman here in Columbia and I've been -- the 20 years I've been to, I've miss three board meetings for Hurricane Hugo, grandfather's funeral and a family matter. I've attended almost all of our graduations. We have three a year, so I can almost give the graduation speech at Clemson. I love Clemson, and I ask the committee for the opportunity to continue my years of service.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions from any of the committee members? None. Thank you, sir. Mr. Bill, William C. Smith, Jr. Mr. Smith, would you raise your right hand? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: And Mr. Smith, you look pretty healthy. Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. SMITH: No, sir. Not that I'm aware of.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. SMITH: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. SMITH: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. SMITH: No, sir.
MR. SMITH: Good. Thank you, Mr. Chairman and committee members. I won't be quite as brief as Mr. Snyder was earlier. But it is a great pleasure that I seek reelection to the Clemson University Board of Trustees. I've served on this board for the past 12 years. And as Dr. Lynn said, it is truly been a labor of love and an honor, which I take great pride.
My decision to continue my service to Clemson University and the state of South Carolina is one based on my desire to dedicate my time and service to an institution that has been an important part of my life. I attended Clemson University on a football scholarship, was fortunate to play on Clemson's national championship team. I graduated in '82 with a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management, and since then have served on a lot of boards at Clemson, reaching a pinnacle of that 12 years ago by being elected to serve as a trustee. I tell y'all this to demonstrate that my blood runs a very deep shade of orange. I know that I maintain indispensable qualities to continue to be an effective trustee, possess enthusiasm, energy and a timeless work ethic coupled with years of experience as CEO of a successful real estate development company. I look forward to the opportunity to continue contributing to a strong foundation in values that have long been established at Clemson University, and I thank you for this opportunity.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Any questions for Mr. Smith? None. Thank you, sir.
MR. SMITH: Thank you very much.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Mr. Bob Peeler. Would you raise your right hand, sir? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Bob, do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. PEELER: Not that I know of.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. PEELER: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. PEELER: No, it would not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. PEELER: No, sir.
MR. PEELER: I appreciate your time today. You were kind enough to elect me to the Clemson board for an open seat in May of 2003. And I was reelected in 2004, and finishing my first full term. And I currently chair the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee of the Clemson Board of Trustees. Like Louis and Bill before me, Clemson is very important to me and my family. And I know it's important to the state of South Carolina. And it's especially important to the General Assembly. I feel like I have a unique ability to bring something to this board, having served as chairman of my local school board, and as chairman of the State Board of Education, and serving two terms as Lieutenant Governor. I graduated from Clemson; my twin brother Bill graduated from Clemson; my older brother Harvey graduated from Clemson; my daughter Caroline graduated in 2002. And my son Robert is a freshman now at Clemson, and he's a lot like his Uncle Harvey, so if you would, pray for us. Clemson is a special place, and I feel like that it's a partnership with all of you. And we know what a touch job you have in funding the budget every year, and we are very mindful of that. And I respectfully ask you to reelect me for another term as a Clemson University Trustee.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, Bob. Any questions for Mr. Peeler? None. Thank you, sir.
MR. PEELER: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: All right, Mr. Norton. Mr. Lucian Norton, Jr. Would you raise your right hand, sir? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Norton, do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. NORTON: No, sir. I've got bad knees and I'm trying to get them replaced.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Well, don't worry about that. Everybody's got something. Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. NORTON: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. NORTON: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. NORTON: None.
MR. NORTON: Thanks to the Honorable Chairman, Representative Olin Phillips, and each honorable member of the committee for your time, as I outline why I wish to serve on the Clemson University Board of Trustees. I have loved Clemson ever since I was ten years old and walked into school by a big farm which had many Clemson, beautiful research plots of wheat and other grain. I knew at that age that I wanted to be a part of Clemson's beautiful plant research program. My high school agriculture teacher, who had been a Clemson football star, took his son and me to Clemson and got us properly situated and helped us start our agricultural education dream. After graduating from Clemson and serving two years as a ordinance co-officer during Korean conflict, I came back to the good ole USA and became an agriculture teacher. As soon as I really started enjoying my teaching, I decided to go back to Clemson to fulfill my dream of being a part of the Clemson agriculture research. While back at Clemson, I actually developed a Norton variety of wheat while working two years with the agriculture economics department as a graduate research assistant. Clemson prepared me well for a very successful 30-year career as an economist, and a civil engineer, with the USDA economic research service, USDA full conservation service, and the USA Corp of Engineers. While I was serving as a research assistant, I conducted valuable research on national culture and programs for our schools and colleges. This experience will no doubt help me in my effort to obtain federal cautionary funds for Clemson. During the 14 years I served as a civil engineer with the Corp of Engineers, the biggest engineering organization in the world, I worked on many resource water projects, including the Santee River re-diversion, and the Corp of Engineers dredging program, and the Clemson Hartwell Dams. I'm most hopeful that I can find ways to save Clemson big monies as I did when I worked the Corp of Engineers and was instrumental in getting the dredging program contracted out while I was there; I'm real proud of that. Hope I can do something for Clemson like that. I have a copy of my little paper with my picture. May I give a copy to each member?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: You certainly may.
MR. NORTON: Do you have a -- thank you very much.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any committee members have any questions of Mr. Norton? Thank you, sir. You may be seated.
MR. NORTON: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Mr. Hunter C. Platt. Mr. Platt, would you raise your right hand? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Platt, do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. PLATT: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. PLATT: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. PLATT: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: None. Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. PLATT: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: None Thank you, sir. Go ahead.
MR. PLATT: Apparently I'm the youngest guy in the room. There's a bunch of well-qualified people in this room. I would love the opportunity to serve on the board. I was telling a co-worker, John Cote, it's just been within the last two years I've been given the opportunity to be able to do some of the things like apply for this opportunity here, that I'd like to do. I love Clemson, like the rest of these guys. My blood runs orange. My dad went to Clemson; cousins, nephews, the whole nine yards. I just look for an opportunity for you guys to allow me to serve on the board. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Mr. Platt?
SENATOR ALEXANDER: At the appropriate time, as the resident senator from Clemson, I would move as favorable.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: We have a motion by Senator Alexander in favor of all candidates as appropriate. Do we have a second?
SENATOR SHORT: Second.
REPRESENTATIVE LITTLEJOHN: Second.
REPRESENTATIVE BREELAND: Second.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Seconded by Short and Littlejohn and Breeland. All in favor, signify by saying aye.
COMMITTEE: Aye.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you very much. We had discussed time to secure, to discuss the election. All of you familiar with that? If not, any questions about when to secure a vote. None. Thank you very much. You may be excused. Any of you people standing want to take one of these seats -- will you please come over here and take a seat if you'd like?
(Candidates are excused.)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: All right. We go to Coastal Carolina University., one congressional district, and the Second District, Seat 4, expires in 2009. This is the a two-year period, Mr. Robert Templeton and Walda Wildman. Mr. Templeton, please come forward. Please raise your right hand. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Sir, do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. TEMPLETON: No, I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. TEMPLETON: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. TEMPLETON: No, sir, I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. TEMPLETON: No, sir, I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Go ahead with a short statement, sir.
MR. TEMPLETON: Chairman Phillips and committee, I thank you for this opportunity. As a live-long South Carolinian, I live in Orangeburg County where I work as a financial planner with the firm of Waddell and Reed. Throughout my life, I have been actively involved in the civic life of my community. In looking for ways to become more involved, I became aware of this opportunity, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to even be considered. I believe my experience in training as a financial planner will be a good match for Coastal Carolina. Recent news accounts have described some troubling questions about Coastal Carolina's finances in the past few years. While I do not pretend to be fully informed about all these issues, my professional experience and commitment to fiscal restraint, I believe, would help me make a positive contribution to the important role and success of Coastal Carolina. In particularly, recent report about problems with Coastal Carolina's audit have caused the legislature's leaders, as well as the Governor, to insist that Coastal Carolina make some serious changes to the way the school is run. I would consider this feat a great opportunity for me to serve our state, by helping to implement the performance. Again, let me tell you how pleased I am to have this opportunity to meet with you and present my candidacy. If I am selected by the legislature to fill this important position, I assure you that I will do everything I can to bring credit to our state. Coastal Carolina needs board members who will make every effort to ensure that it's future potential becomes reality. If elected by the legislature, I will make that effort.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Questions? No questions. Thank you.
MR. TEMPLETON: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Walda Wildman. Pronouncing that right?
MS. WILDMAN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mrs. Okay. I'm sorry. Mrs.
MS. WILDMAN: Walda Wildman.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay.
MS. WILDMAN: My name is Walda Wildman.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Would you please raise your right hand, ma'am? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. WILDMAN: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: None. Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. WILDMAN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. WILDMAN: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. WILDMAN: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you.
MS. WILDMAN: Ladies and gentlemen. My name is Walda Wildman. I am served by a public accountant, residing in Richland County. I'm offering for this position on the Coastal Carolina board because I believe I an uniquely qualified to serve, and because I'm looking for a community to serve in my home state. First of all, I'm a certified public accountant, and my audit clients are exclusively state local governments, and not for profit organizations, including colleges and universities. From fiscal 1994 to fiscal 2006, I audited Coastal Carolina's athletic department expenses, which is required NCAA procedure. During five of those years, I also served as the University's external auditor. Through this time with Coastal, I watched Coastal grow from a regional campus of the University of South Carolina, to being on its own with a full fledged football program and close to 5-, 6,000, 7,000 students. As an auditor, I not only understand Coastal and the personalities involved there, I understand state procurement; I understand state laws applicable to colleges and universities; and I also understand investment of state funds. I understand financial statements and how to interpret them. Secondly, prior to becoming a CPA, I was in business with my late husband. We were in the restaurant business here in Columbia and other areas of the state. And I continue to manage real property on Devine Street where I have garnered good experience with instruction, doing business plans and making business decisions, both routine and non-routine. I've demonstrated that I can translate my business experience into volunteer experience. I just finished helping my college sorority construct, finance and plan a two-and-a-half million dollar house down at the University Greek Village down the street, which was a major undertaking for an 18-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath house. I learned a thing or two about what college students expect in housing these days and the facilities that they occupy. Finally, the first four years of my working life, I served as an instructor at the South Carolina regional campus in Spartanburg, now the USC Upstate. And in that capacity, I understand the stake that faculty members hold in a college and university contest. So I'm hoping my experience makes me uniquely qualified, and I appreciate the time, and would welcome the opportunity to serve my fellow South Carolinians. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, Ms. Wildman. Any questions of any committee members? None. What's the pleasure of the committee?
REPRESENTATIVE LITTLEJOHN: Move favorable report.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Representative Littlejohn moves approval of the two candidates.
SENATOR SHORT: Second.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Second by Ms. Short, Ms. Brady. All in favor, signify by saying aye.
COMMITTEE: Aye.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: All right. It's unanimous. Thank you very much. You may be excused if you'd like. Okay. We are going to Francis Marion University. There is no opposition. First District, Seat 2, Melissa Johnson Emery; Second District, Seat 4, Gail Ness Richardson; Second District, Seat 3, expires in 2010, Ms. Laura E. Stroman; and Third District, Seat 6, Patricia C. Hartung; and Fourth District, Seat 8, Brad Boles; and Fifth District, Seat 10, George C. McIntyre; Sixth District, Seat 12, William W. Coleman, Jr.; and At-large, Seat 14, Mr. Timothy F. Norwood. And Melissa Emery, come forward. Would you raise your right hand? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. EMERY: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. EMERY: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. EMERY: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. EMERY: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Thank you. Short statement.
MS. EMERY: Thank you. I am an attorney practicing law in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I am a graduate from Francis Marion University. I've served on the board since 1998. I've served on various committees with the board. I currently chair on the Academic Affairs and Shared Governance Committee. Since being on the board -- when I joined the Board of Trustees, we were in a challenging time at Francis Marion. Since that time, the board, along with our president, Fred Carter, has sought and received tremendous support from the community. We've seen tremendous change, tremendous success at what we're doing at Francis Marion, until now it is truly a treasure of the Pee Dee that I am proud to serve and be a part of. I certainly welcome the opportunity to continue to serve as a member of the board. And certainly appreciate the support the committee gives. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions? None. Thank you very much.
MS. EMERY: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. We will need Ms. Gail Ness Richardson. Thank you very much. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. RICHARDSON: None, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. RICHARDSON: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. RICHARDSON: None, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. RICHARDSON: None.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you very much. Short statement.
MS. RICHARDSON: My name is Gail Richardson. I'm from Barnwell. I've been on the board of Francis Marion University since 1988 when the board, big board for the state was split into individual boards. The public institutions, I've served on all of the communities. I've held offices of the board. Francis Marion University serves the Pee Dee well. It is a privilege for me to work with the University, as well as our president of our fine faculty, and welcome the opportunity to continue to serve.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions from any committee members? None. Thank you, ma'am. Laura Stroman, for the expired term which ends in 2010. Ms. Stroman, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. STROMAN: None.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. STROMAN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. STROMAN: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: None. Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. STROMAN: No, I do not.
MS. STROMAN: Thank you very much, Chairman and committee members. My name is Laura Stroman and I am a graduate of Francis Marion University and was honored when I was contacted about this vacancy and asked if I would consider filling this seat. As a former resident of Florence and a native of the Pee Dee, Francis Marion is certainly a treasure, and I would be honored to have an opportunity to serve and fill this seat. I would certainly hope that you would give me the opportunity, and I thank you very much for your time today.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Any questions? None. Thank you, ma'am. Okay, Ms. Patricia C. Hartung, Seat 6, Third District. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. HARTUNG: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. HARTUNG: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. HARTUNG: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. HARTUNG: No, I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you.
MS. HARTUNG: I do have a brief statement and I made it even more brief in light of today's proceedings. In fact, I've cut through three-quarters of it. And representatives of the committee, as a member of the Board of Trustees of Francis Marion University since July 1, 1999, I would be honored to continue in this role and serve my area, representing my area of the state, as a trustee at the University. And with my fellow trustees, guide the University in fulfilling its missions and goals as a university for the citizens of South Carolina. And I would be very honored to be reelected.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Any questions? None. Thank you very much. Mr. Brad Boles, Fourth Congressional District, Seat 8. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. BOLES: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. BOLES: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. BOLES: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: None. Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. BOLES: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir.
MR. BOLES: I just want to thank you for the opportunity to come and speak to you today. I am a graduate of Francis Marion University. I have lifelong ties with my family and my wife's family to the Pee Dee area. I have spoken with many of the board members and Dr. Carter, and looking forward to the opportunity to helping Francis Marion University continue on the path it's been on the last several years, to grow and be a quality institution in South Carolina. I'm looking forward to helping them reach those goals.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions? None. Thank you, sir. McIntyre, Fifth Congressional District, Seat 10. McIntyre, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. MCINTYRE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. MCINTYRE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. MCINTYRE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. MCINTYRE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir.
MR. MCINTYRE: It's my honor and privilege to serve on the Board of Trustees of Francis Marion University. I've been there since 1999 and I luckily been able to attend a hundred percent of the meetings. Francis Marion runs deep in my family. My wife's a graduate; I'm a graduate; my brother and sister are also graduates. It afforded me a great educational opportunity, and I just look forward to continuing to serve so that we can help future students attain the same educational opportunity. And I appreciate the support of the committee.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Any questions from the committee? None? Thank you, sir. Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr. Mr. Coleman, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. COLEMAN: None known.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. COLEMAN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. COLEMAN: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. COLEMAN: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir.
MR. COLEMAN: I'm William W. Coleman; I go by "W." Been on the Francis Marion board since 1988. Was in the first graduating class in my family to evolve. I've gotten undergraduate or graduate degrees from Francis Marion, and I'm proud of where we're going and passionate about the University. Look forward to continuing to serve.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Any questions for Mr. Coleman? None. Thank you, sir. Then the At-large seat, Mr. Tim F. Norwood, Seat 14. Mr. Norwood, please raise your right hand. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. NORWOOD: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. NORWOOD: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. NORWOOD: I have good business experience, but no conflicts.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. NORWOOD: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir.
MR. NORWOOD: Thank you. Appreciate the opportunity to be here with you today. I'm privileged to, and honored to be an applicant for the Board of Trustees, Seat 14. I've been involved with Francis Marion my entire adult life. I graduated from Francis Marion in 1978. And I am applying for the position because I have the knowledge of the University and our Missions Statement for our area. Additionally, business knowledge and my community involvement to help guide and direct the University in the future.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions? None. Thank you, sir. That completes the Francis Marion University, seven congressional districts and the one at-large. What is the pleasure of the committee?
SENATOR SHORT: Move favorable report.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Short moves favorable.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: And second by Ms. Brady. All in favor, signify by saying aye.
COMMITTEE: Aye.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: It's unanimous. Thank all of you. Okay. We go to Lander University. Six congressional districts and one at-large. First District, Seat 2 is Robert A. Brimmer; the Second District, Seat 4, George R. Starnes; Third District, Seat 6, Linda Dolney; Fourth District, Seat 8, Jack W. Lawrence; Fifth District, Seat 10, S. Anne Walker; the Sixth District, Seat 12, Catherine K. Lee; and At-large, Seat 14, Ann B. Bowen. And if you will, come around Mr. Brimmer and be very brief with your statement, sir. Mr. Brimmer? Mr. Brimmer's not here? Second District, Seat 4, Mr. Starnes? George Starnes? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving n the board in a full capacity?
MR. STARNES: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. STARNES: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. STARNES: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. STARNES: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: None. Thank you, sir.
MR. STARNES: I have had the privilege to serve on the Lander board since 1992. And during this time, I have served on every standing committee and as immediate past chairman of the board. And with your approval, I look forward to being able to continue to serve my alma mater. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Is there any questions of Mr. Starnes? None. Thank you, sir. Third District, Seat 6, Ms. Linda Dolney. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. DOLNEY: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. DOLNEY: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. DOLNEY: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. DOLNEY: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you.
MS. DOLNEY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman and committee members. I am a graduate of Lander when it was a college, Lander College. I care deeply about the school and the students who attend the school. And I look forward very much to being a part of the revitalization of Lander and being a part of the team that is driving its current vision of revitalization. I appreciate the opportunity and I appreciate your consideration for this position.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you very much. Do we have any questions of Ms. Dolney? None. Thank you. Fourth District, Seat 8, Mr. Jack W. Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. LAWRENCE: I have none.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. LAWRENCE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. LAWRENCE: I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. LAWRENCE: I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Thank you, sir.
MR. LAWRENCE: I had been elected in 2004 to be a member of the Lander Board of Trustees, so this would be my second term. I am from Spartanburg, but my experience and roots go deep in the Greenwood area. That was where I was born and raised and my family still lives there. My mom is a graduate of Lander. Lander is not my alma mater, but I have loved it since I was there as a child through high school. And I have come to appreciate what we've got there in Greenwood and in this state. And I would love to be able to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Any questions from
the committee? None. Thank you, Jack.
MR. LAWRENCE: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Now the Fifth Congressional, Seat 10, is S. Anne Walker. Good morning, Ms. Walker.
MS. WALKER: Good morning.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. WALKER: No, sir. I could be a little thinner, but other than that, I'm good to go.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. WALKER: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. WALKER: No. No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. WALKER: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: No conflict. Go ahead, ma'am.
MS. WALKER: I had a good fortune when Lander split and went out from the College of Charleston and Francis Marion, three boards -- one board became three, to be elected to that first board back in 1988. And I've had the good fortune to continue to be elected, and I hope that y'all would approve me for reelection. I currently serve as Chair of the Board. I'm a Lander graduate, and I love it. And I thank you for the opportunity to serve, and thank you for your service.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Questions? No questions. Thank you, ma'am. Okay. Ms. Catherine K. Lee, Sixth District, Seat 12.
MS. LEE: Good afternoon.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Good afternoon to you. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. LEE: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. LEE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. LEE: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. LEE: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, ma'am.
MS. LEE: Well, my name's Cathy Lee, and I'm from Florence, South Carolina. And I was honored when I was asked to consider running for this position, so that I could find a way to serve, not only the people of the Pee Dee, but South Carolina's needs in higher education. I work as the Corporate Chief of Staff at McLeod Health in Florence, and I feel that my business experience and organizational skills will be a benefit to Lander. And I appreciate your consideration for this position.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Questions? None. Thank you very much. We'll go to At-large, Seat 14, Ann B. Bowen.
MS. BOWEN: Good afternoon.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Good afternoon. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so he lp you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. BOWEN: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. BOWEN: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. BOWEN: No conflicts.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. BOWEN: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you.
MS. BOWEN: This year will mark my 15th anniversary as a member of the board, and I really wouldn't want to miss the party which is one reason why I am running for reelection. The other is that in spite of everything, I am still the only member of the board with both retiree and alumni credential, and that has meant a lot. Last, but not least, I probably know more about Lander than anybody living, and I'll be happy to take questions.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: All right. Any questions for the lady who knows? Thank you very much. Okay. We go to the Medical University of South Carolina.
SENATOR SHORT: Mr. Chairman, would you like a favorable report from the Screening Committee?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: I'm trying to get out of here. Go ahead.
SENATOR SHORT: Move favorable report.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: I've got a good committee. Okay. We have a motion from Senator Short for a favorable report on all the candidates.
MR. BREELAND: Second.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Second, Mr. Breeland. All in favor, say aye.
COMMITTEE: Aye.
SENATOR SHORT: Mr. Chairman.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Yes.
SENATOR SHORT: Perhaps ask if Mr. Brimmer is still not present, that one candidate that was not screened.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Brimmer was not -- we'll call his name again. Mr. Brimmer?
UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER: I don't think he's here, Mr. Chairman.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: We will notify him, and he will come to the second screening. If he fails to come then, we will reopen his seat. Let's see, we go to the Medical University; that's where we're going. Six congressional districts, three each from the medical and non-medical professions. And the First District, non-medical, Mr. Melvyn Berlinsky; he is being challenged by George Tempel. In the Second District, non-medical, Mr. William H. Bingham, Sr.; Third District, non-medical, Mr. Charles W. Shulze. And the Fourth District, medical, Dr. Charles B. Thomas, Jr.; Fifth District, medical, Dr. Cotesworth P. Fishburne, Jr.; and the Sixth Congressional District, Dr. E. Conyers O'Bryan, Jr. And we'll start out with the First District, non-medical, Mr. Melvyn Berlinsky. Good morning, sir. Afternoon. Please raise your right hand. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. BERLINSKY: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. BERLINSKY: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. BERLINSKY: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. BERLINSKY: Do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Go ahead, sir, with a short statement.
MR. BERLINSKY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. It's been my privilege to be on the Board of Trustees of the Medical University for the past 37 years. And I've been honored to be reelected a number of times. And I just want to continue to serve the people of the state and the Medical University to the best of my ability. And if there are any questions, I'll be happy to take them and try to answer them.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions for Mr. Berlinsky? None. Thank you, sir. Mr. Templeton? Tempel; I'm sorry. Mr. George Tempel. Sir, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. TEMPEL: None.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. TEMPEL: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. TEMPEL: There is none.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. TEMPEL: I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Go ahead with a short statement, sir.
MR. TEMPEL: My name is George Tempel, and I want to begin by thanking y'all for your service to the state and to the institutions of higher ed. I've been a member of the MUSC family for 30 years, coming there in 1978, attracted by the people there and the direction that it was taking. I've taught generations of medical doctors, generations of dentists, pharmacists and other healthcare professions. Did research in the area of cardiovascular physiology for a number of years. When I became aware of the position, I was excited. I'm passionate about continuing to be able to serve the Medical University. I appreciate your consideration.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Mr. Tempel? None. Mr. Tempel, Mr. Berlinsky, at this time I would inform you that we're asking for the Attorney General's opinion whether or not Mr. Charlie Appleby would become a candidate for this position you're seeking. And it will depend on the Attorney General's opinion of whether he would be allowed to enter that at that proper time. I wanted to make you aware of that in case we determine whether his application was proper and on time, and does meet the residents requirements which will be asked to be approved. And I just wanted to make you aware if anything should come of that, you know, while we're doing that. And thank you very much.
UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER: Mr. Chairman, that's for the Sixth Congressional District, not the First.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Oh, okay. Okay. I thought it was that one.
UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER: Uh-uh.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Sixth?
UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER: No. First.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: I thought it was the First, sir.
UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER: You are correct and I am incorrect. I apologize.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Well, that's all right. I've made a lot of mistakes here today, but thank you. I'm just saying it's Mr. Berlinsky's seat. That's the reason I wanted to stop and call to your attention -- let all of you know if his application is proper, then we'd have to let him in. But we're asking for an opinion on that. The committee does not have an opinion. Okay. All right. Going back to the Second District, non-medical, Mr. Bingham. Mr. William H. Bingham, Sr. Now don't y'all blame him for Kenny. Mr. Bingham, please. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. BINGHAM: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. BINGHAM: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. BINGHAM: Not a conflict.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. BINGHAM: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Thank you, sir. Go ahead.
MR. BINGHAM: I'd like to thank the board and representatives and senators allowed me to serve for the past six years. I've been involved in the planning of the building program at MUSC, and chairman of the Facility Committee for the past four. I've never missed a meeting since I've been there; no committee meetings or board member meetings. And I would appreciate the opportunity to serve for another four years.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Any questions for Mr. Bingham? None. Thank you. Okay. Third District, non-medical, Mr. Charles W. Shulze. Am I pronouncing that right?
MR. SHULZE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Go ahead, sir. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. SHULZE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. SHULZE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. SHULZE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. SHULZE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you for a short statement.
MR. SHULZE: Thank you, sir. Mr. Chairman, fellow Screen Committee members, I've completed my sixth year on the Board of Trustees at the Medical University of South Carolina. I've been chairman of the Finance and Administration Committee for five years. I believe my 32 years of business experience and 31 years of being a CPA is beneficial to the board, and I appreciate your support.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Mr. Shulze? No questions. Thank you, sir. Okay. Fourth District, medical is Dr. Charles B. Thomas Jr. Can you raise your right hand? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
DR. THOMAS: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: All right. I'm going to refer you to somebody. Thank you, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
DR. THOMAS: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
DR. THOMAS: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
DR. THOMAS: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Go ahead.
DR. THOMAS: My name is Charles Thomas. I'm an orthopedic surgeon from Greenville, South Carolina. Current chairman of the board of the Medical University. These are exciting times in Charleston. As most of you probably know we just opened the Ashley River Tower 156-bed, state of the art medical facility. I'd like to personally invite all those on the committee to come down and take a personal tour, if you would like to. I would ask with the pleasure of this committee and the pleasure of the General Assembly that I may be allowed to continue in this capacity. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Any questions? None. Thank you, sir. Okay. Fifth Congressional, medical, Dr. Coatesworth P. Fishburne, Jr.
DR. FISHBURNE: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
DR. FISHBURNE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
DR. FISHBURNE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
DR. FISHBURNE: No conflicts.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
DR. FISHBURNE: No, sir.
DR. FISHBURNE: My name is Cotie Fishburne. I was born in Walterboro, and I've practiced dentistry in Rock Hill for the last 40 years. When I graduated from Walter College in 1959, we had no dental school in this state and a lot of us from South Carolina had to go 5- or 600 miles to dental school. In my particular case, about 400 miles to Medical College of Virginia. We started dental school in 1968, which was 40 years ago, and we have not had any serious upgrades to our dental school. We're starting a new dental building, as all of you know, which is named after one of our legislators, Governor -- former Governor James B. Edwards, who I believe was also a senator at one time from Charleston County, and we appreciate the support of the General Assembly. And I think that if -- I've served 24 years. I think if I'm allowed to serve another four years, I might be -- since I'm the only licensed dentist on the Board of Trustees, I might be able to be of service, and I appreciate your confidence. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Any questions of Dr. Fishburne? None. Thank you. Okay. Dr. Conyers O'Bryan, Jr., Sixth Congressional, medical. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
DR. O'BRYAN: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
DR. O'BRYAN: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
DR. O'BRYAN: None.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
DR. O'BRYAN: No, I do not.
DR. O'BRYAN: I've served on the board since 1976. Chairman on three occasions mainly trying to control Dr. Fishburne.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Need to turn him over to Walt McLeod.
DR. O'BRYAN: I'm a current professor of cardiology MUSC and the University of South Carolina; taught for 43 years. I appreciate your consideration.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Dr. O'Bryan's been here longer than I have, and that's a long time. What's the pleasure of the committee?
MR. BREELAND: Move approval.
MR. ALEXANDER: And second.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Floyd Breeland moved to approve and seconded by Senator Alexander. All in favor, signify by saying aye.
COMMITTEE: Aye.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: All unopposed. Thank you Medical University Board membership. Okay. We're going to go to South Carolina State. Let's see, if it pleases the committee, I'd like to take Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School and Winthrop University next. No opposition; I think we'll breeze through that. I think South Carolina State is going to be by the number of people -- what is the pleasure of the committee to take that out of order?
Senator Alexander: If you're going to do that, I think you should extend the same courtesy to the University of South Carolina.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Yes. I was going to go back and then do South Carolina State. I was going to do the short ones first, then go back to the University of South Carolina, since there's no opposition. What is the pleasure of the committee?
Did anybody move we take them out of order?
REPRESENTATIVE LITTLEJOHN: That will be fine with me.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Littlejohn moved that we take it -- go out of order, by virtue of it being a short list. Ms. Brady, second. And all in favor, signify by saying aye.
COMMITTEE: Aye.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any opposed? Okay. We'll go and we'll take Wil Lou Gray first. Three seats at-large, Bryan England, Frankie Newman and Doris Adams. Mr. England, will you step forward, please? Mr. England will you give us a very short statement because you are unopposed and you've done a great job. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. ENGLAND: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. ENGLAND: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. ENGLAND: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. ENGLAND: No, sir.
MR. ENGLAND: Thank you. Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the opportunity to be here. I have served on the Wil Lou Gray Board since 2000. I think Wil Lou Gray is a real treasure for this state because we offer the second opportunity for so many of our young people who have gotten in trouble and need new direction. I look forward to serving again, if I am so elected. And I appreciate the opportunity.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Mr. England? Thank you, sir. Okay. Mr. Frankie Newman. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. NEWMAN: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. NEWMAN: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. NEWMAN: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. NEWMAN: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Go ahead with a very short statement.
MS. NEWMAN: Mr. Chairman and members of the board, I really do appreciate the opportunity. Again, if you would let me serve on the Board of Trustees of Wil Lou Gray. I have been in education all of my life and have had the unique opportunity of training under Dr. Gray when I was a young lady. I did her training and served the Girls Industrial School along with the State penitentiary. I think that's kind of a unique thing that I'm proud of. I, like Mr. England, I really believe in our school because it serves a segment of our population that needs serving, because they're doing their second time around. And we've just been very successful in that. Thank you for your support.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Ms. Newman? None. Thank you, ma'am. Okay, we get to Doris Adams. Ms. Adams. Please raise your right hand, Ms. Adams. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you very much and make a short statement.
MS. ADAMS: All right. I'm fired up and ready to go. This will be my first time serving on the board. And I'm truly interested in serving on the board, the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity Board because of my experiences and background as a professional educator. As a educator, I am well aware of the importance of providing our young people with the tools to guide them down the road to success. I think Wil Lou Gray's motto says it all, "Why Stop Learning?" The school is available for our young people to continue on the path to become positive, contributors to our society, and that is the ultimate goal for all of our children. By serving on the board, it will provide to me the opportunity to continue to assist in young people in reaching their potential in a positive way. And I thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you very much, Ms. Adams. Any questions? None. What is the pleasure of the committee?
REPRESENTATIVE LITTLEJOHN: Move for approval.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Moved for approval.
SENATOR SHORT: Second.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Representative Littlejohn moves to approve. Second, Senator Short. All in favor, signify by saying aye.
COMMITTEE: Aye.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Unanimous. Thank you very much. Winthrop University. Winthrop University, two seats. Two congressional districts, one at-large. Second District, Seat 2, Donna G. Tinsley. Who had to leave and will come back and screen for the next screening. Sixth District, Seat 6 is Carl A. Folkens.
MR. FOLKENS: That's correct.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: And Mr. Folkens, are you ready? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. FOLKENS: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. FOLKENS: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. FOLKENS: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. FOLKENS: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Short statement.
MR. FOLKENS: I am currently the board chair, serving the last three years in that capacity, but before that I served three years as vice chair. I have 24 years experience of volunteering. I have experience with the Winthrop community and I look forward to the opportunity to serve another term.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: All right. Any questions of Mr. Folkens? None. At-large seat, Connie M. Long. Ms. Long, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. LONG: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. LONG: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. LONG: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. LONG: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, ma'am.
MS. LONG: I'm Dr. Connie M. Long, and I have a vested interest in Winthrop University. I'm a three-time graduate from Winthrop. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree, my Master of Education degree and my Educational Specialist degree, all from Winthrop. And I have a doctorate degree from Southeastern University. As a student, I worked under the tutelage as a -- with one of your respected House Members, Dr. Bessie Moody-Lawrence. And served as a teacher -- elementary and middle school teacher, principal, assistant principal and State Department of Education coordinator and director for several years. Currently, I'm an assistant superintendent in Kershaw County schools. I believe that I need to be given a chance to run for this position so that I can sort of give back and serve Winthrop as it has served me in the past.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions? None. Thank you, ma'am. Mr. Robert Thompson. Robert L. Thompson, Seat 8, at-large. Mr. Thompson, would you raise your right hand? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. THOMPSON: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. THOMPSON: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. THOMPSON: I'm retired from Springs Industries; no conflict. I am currently a designee of the Superintendent of Education, ex officio State Tech Board. I've had conversation with Dr. Rex and he said, "He's going to have to find another designee if I'm successful with this."
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. THOMPSON: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: If you would, just give us a quick statement.
DR. THOMAS: Yes, sir. I previously served on Winthrop's board for nearly 13 years, three of those as chair. I was appointed -- in my second year as chair with Winthrop Foundation, Governor Campbell appointed me to an unexpired term. I subsequently ran and was elected to two full terms, six-year terms. I did not offer reelection in 2006. I certainly believe in Winthrop's qualitative vision of a mission grounded in excellence, nationally accredited program, focus on undergraduate teaching, learning leadership and service. I have personally committed a high degree of my time and resources to the University's success over two decades, and continue to do. My wife and I endowed a fund for collaborative faculty student research. I have served on various task forces on behalf of the University as both a board member, as a consultant, and as a volunteer. I think I bring to Winthrop's Board broad knowledge and understanding of the University, the state, and its people. As you can see from my letter, I have served in many capacities. I have chaired legislative audit counsel, on the state chamber board, and various local offices. And I ask for the opportunity to continue serving Winthrop.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Questions for Mr. Thompson? None. Thank you. What is the pleasure of the committee?
SENATOR SHORT: Move favorable report.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Senator Short move favorable. Second --
REPRESENTATIVE BREELAND: Second.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: -- by Mr. Breeland. All in favor, signify by saying aye.
COMMITTEE: Aye.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: That is unanimous. Thank you. Okay. University of South Carolina, eight Judicial circuits. They are -- Second Circuit is Miles Loadholt, and Fourth Circuit is Eugene P. Warr; Sixth Circuit, Mr. James Bradley; and Eighth Circuit, Mr. Herbert C. Adams; and Tenth Circuit, Chuck Allen; and Fourteenth Circuit, William W. Jones, Jr.; and Fifteenth Circuit, Mr. Wayne Staton, and -- okay, James Wiseman has withdrawn. And we have J. Egerton Burroughs, and Phyllis Nye. In the Sixteenth Circuit, Mr. Sam Foster.
Mr. Loadholt, will you come to the stand? Raise your right hand, sir. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. LOADHOLT: Not that I'm aware of.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Short statement.
MR. LOADHOLT: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I graduated from undergrad school, University of South Carolina, and also finished law school at the University. I have had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees the last 12 years. I have served on numerous committees. I regularly attend the committee meetings, as well as the board meetings. And I currently serve as vice president -- vice chairman of the board. It is my pleasure to serve on the last Presidential Selection Committee, and I currently serve on the present Presidential Selection Committee. It would be a honor to serve the University of South Carolina on the Board for an additional term.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Any questions? None, sir. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Warr. Eugene P. Warr, Fourth Circuit.
MR. WARR: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. WARR: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. WARR: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. WARR: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. WARR: No such problems, Mr. Chairman.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Very short statement.
MR. WARR: Thank you, sir. Mr. Chairman, I've been on the board at USC since May of 2003. I have served on the Fiscal Policy Committee, which I am now chairman of, and on the Buildings and Grounds Committee. The job as trustee has been a little more work than I thought, but obviously it's not too bad because I am back, asking to serve again another four years. I do the best that I can. I am conscientious about attending meetings and keeping up with things that I think I need to keep up with to make informed decisions.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions for Mr. Warr? None. Thank you, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Sixth Congressional District, Mr. James Bradley. Mr. James Bradley went to USC. Come on around, Mr. Bradley. Mr. Bradley has been here longer than me. Sir, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: I know you don't have any conflicts. I know you don't have any health problems. I know that you are a good man and you want to serve on the Clemson -- Carolina Board. Go ahead, sir.
MR. BRADLEY: Thank you very much. I appreciate the opportunity to come back before this committee again. I've had the pleasure of serving on the board for 28 years in various positions on the committees. And I guess the primary area that my work is involved in is in the financial area, particularly with matters such as budgeting and borrowing. I appreciate very much the opportunity of coming before this board again.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: My memory is short, Mr. Bradley. I've beat you too. I've been here 30. Thank you, sir. Any questions for Mr. Bradley?
MR. BRADLEY: Thank you. I have no health problems that I am aware of. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Any questions of Mr. Bradley? None. Thank you. Thank you, sir. Mr. Herbert Adams, Eighth Circuit. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Go ahead.
MR. ADAMS: I have served on the board since 1984. It's been my pleasure. During the time, I've had three daughters graduate from the University of South Carolina. Now, I have my oldest grandson as a freshman. It's been a pleasure to serve the State by serving the University. And I look forward to doing so, if you so see fit.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Herbert? None. Thank you, sir. Chuck Allen, Tenth Circuit. Please raise your right hand, Mr. Allen.
MR. ALLEN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. ALLEN: None to my knowledge.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. ALLEN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. ALLEN: No conflicts.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. ALLEN: No.
MR. ALLEN: Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, I'm a first-time candidate for the Tenth Judicial Circuit. I live in Anderson, married, have three children, practice law in Anderson. Received my degrees from the University. In 1982, a bachelors degree; in 1985, a law degree. I will be brief this morning and simply say to you that I appreciate your due consideration in this endeavor. And it was an honor and a privilege to serve the University of South Carolina.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, Mr. Allen. Any questions for Mr. Allen? None. Thank you. Mr. Jones. Mr. William W. Jones, I'm sorry. Mr. Jones, please raise your right hand. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. JONES: None.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. JONES: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. JONES: No conflicts.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. JONES: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Short statement.
MR. JONES: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Last time I had the privilege of addressing this committee, I was running for the first time for the Board of Trustees at the University of South Carolina for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. I have outlined to each of you how I arrived at the point of running, seeking my involvement with the University and my hope of being able to have my skills enhance the ongoing efforts of the University during the upcoming four years. During the last four years, I've realized an enormous task the Board of Trustees has at setting policies for the state's flagship University and its endeavors to maintain a balance between educating young South Carolinians and at the same time, raising the standards of the University to be able to compete for the brightest young people who will mold our state and nation's future. I have found that this is not an easy task. Nonetheless, it is a task we must achieve if we are going to fulfill our responsibilities to the people of South Carolina and here in the South Carolina legislature. I share your concern with the outgrowing cost of tuition. It is my belief that the administration also understands the University must be affordable to young, qualified South Carolinians and we must conduct our business, set our goals, and understand our limitations, accordingly. University of South Carolina is a dynamic institution. It must keep moving forward by undertaking new challenges and worthwhile purposes, but we can never lose sight of our foremost goal of educating South Carolinians for the purpose of promoting economic prosperity and the well-being of the people of our state. It has been my extreme pleasure to serve on the USC Board during the past four years, and I will respectfully request your re-qualification in order that I might be allowed to serve the University for an additional term.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions? No questions. Thank you, sir. Okay. Mr. Wayne Staton. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. STATON: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. STATON: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. STATON: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. STATON: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Go ahead with a short
statement.
MR. STATON: It has been my privilege to serve on the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees for the past 12 years and work for what's in the best interest of the University, it's students and its families. And I look very much forward, and want very much to continue in that role.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Mr. Staton? None. Thank you, sir. Okay. And Mr. Wiseman has withdrawn. And that brings up Mr. Egerton Burroughs. Please raise your right hand, sir. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. BURROUGHS: No, sir, Mr. Chairman.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. BURROUGHS: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. BURROUGHS: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. BURROUGHS: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: None. Thank you, sir.
MR. BURROUGHS: Thank you. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I want to thank you for the opportunity to be here before you today. I am a candidate for the Fifteenth Judicial area for USC Trusteeship. I'm from Georgetown County; I live in Murrells Inlet. I think I'm a good person to be considered for a candidate at this time in the University's history, due to my experience with bringing large projects in on time and on budget. Land planning and the business aspects particularly of the University and hopefully can be of benefit to the school in its time of change. I'm very respectful of the right for South Carolinians to have a great school to go to. The tuition costs, I think, need to be looked at carefully. And we're spending the taxpayer's money in the state of South Carolina. We as trustees represent the citizens and the General Assembly, and I will try to be a good steward of the state's money. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Mr. Burroughs? No questions. Thank you.
MR. BURROUGHS: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Mrs. Phyllis Nye. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. NYE: None to my knowledge.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. NYE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. NYE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. NYE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Go ahead, ma'am.
MS. NYE: I wish to serve as a USC Trustee, and I would like to thank all of you for that opportunity. I have two degrees from USC: One in 1977; the other in 1980. I have been an educator in the State of South Carolina for 30 years. I feel that I have a vested interest in the State of South Carolina in its education. I think that USC serves as a major factor in educating the young people of our state. I feel we must strive to attract our young people to stay in South Carolina and to remain here after they're educated because that's a boom for our state. We need to keep our bright young people here. I feel that now I have a time to serve. I'd like to be on this board for a time to give back. I have a daughter currently at USC and hopefully she will graduate in August. My husband is also a USC graduate, so we are very close to USC. Again, I thank you for this opportunity to serve. I feel that my 30 years as an educator in the State of South Carolina certainly gives me the experience and the confidence to serve on this board. Thank you for the opportunity.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Ms. Nye? None. Thank you, ma'am. Sixteenth Circuit, Sam Foster, III. You're not going to believe it but Sam used to be my page. Sam, good afternoon.
MR. FOSTER: Good afternoon.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. FOSTER: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. FOSTER: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. FOSTER: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. FOSTER: No, sir.
MR. FOSTER: It has been my privilege, Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, to serve on the University of South Carolina Board since 1984. I've served on all standing committees on the board, including the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Health Affairs, Athletics Committee and the Student Trustee Liaison Committee. I am privileged to serve this University and to be there. But I also have an older son. My oldest son is a sophomore at the University. If you see to it, I have another opportunity to serve, I can watch him graduate in two years. So it's been -- it's a tremendous experience to serve the University of South Carolina, and I'll entertain any questions.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Sam? None. Thank you very much. What is the favor pleasure of the committee?
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Ms. Brady moves to approve. Second by Mr. Breeland.
REPRESENTATIVE BREELAND: Second.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: And all in favor, signify by saying aye.
COMMITTEE: Aye.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any oppose? The ayes have it. Thank you. All right. I thank all of you. We're going to South Carolina State, three seats at-large. At-large, Seat 7, expires 2010. All for that seat is Dianne Talley, Ben Spearman, Bryan S. Jeffries, Rico Montell Snell, Leslie McIver, Sr., and Robert M. Nance. At-large, Seat 11, Mr. Walter L. Tobin. At-large, Seat 12, Sky Foster, and Lancelot D. Wright, and Ronald Henagan. At this time we'll ask Mrs. Talley, for the unexpired term; it expires in 2010. Ms. Talley, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. TALLEY: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. TALLEY: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. TALLEY: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. TALLEY: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, ma'am. Short statement.
MS. TALLEY: I'm a graduate of South Carolina State, and I want to thank you for having me and giving me the opportunity to stand before you to seek this seat. I was honored when I was asked to apply to this seat, so it gave me an opportunity to get back with my alma mater and serve them. I have 20 years in education, and 20 years -- five years of those I taught, and 12 years I've been administration; three years I've been on the college level. And it's given me an opportunity to understand and to know the workings of school, from the public schools to the college level of education. And also, my husband is a graduate from South Carolina State college, and I would love to serve on South Carolina State college board. The thing that I love about State, ever since 1896, it has had a strong history of producing great young people. The academics there is great; it's a strong academic program; the staff there is good. And I would love to be able to help to maintain and improve the finances, the academics, the administration and the communication as it relates to South Carolina State with the community and the students, and so forth and so on, to make it even better. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions from any committee members? Any questions? Ms. Talley, you said that you were asked to run? Were you asked to run by outside employees, from legislators or -- who asked you to become a candidate?
MS. TALLEY: I had a friend of mine that knew that I had an interest in becoming a candidate some time ago, and I told them if the opportunity ever presented itself, I'd probably -- I would like to run, so --
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Uh-huh. Are you familiar with the duties and the Board of Trustees at the University?
MS. TALLEY: Yes, I am.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: You're familiar.
MS. TALLEY: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: What could you bring to the table as far as -- as you know South Carolina's had trouble with funding for a number of years. In terms of fund-raisers or anything of that nature, do you have any ideas on how to generate some new revenue from the outside for the University, rather than taxpayers dollars?
MS. TALLEY: Well, I think if we communicate well with the businesses in the area, and also attend the meetings which you guys have, and make certain that we keep you abreast of the things that we needed to do, the programs that we need in order to meet our mission in our programs at the school, I think that would help.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Are you aware that the last 15 years, there have been five new presidents --
MS. TALLEY: Yes, I am.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: -- at South Carolina State University?
MS. TALLEY: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Are you aware that the University is now being looked at for re-certification?
MS. TALLEY: Yes, I am.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any other questions? Thank you, ma'am. Okay. Mr. Ben Spearman.
MR. SPEARMAN: Good afternoon. Hope everybody's doing well. My name's L.B. Spearman and I --
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Spearman, would you please raise your right hand, sir?
MR. SPEARMAN: I'm sorry.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. SPEARMAN: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. SPEARMAN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. SPEARMAN: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. SPEARMAN: No, sir, I don't.
MR. SPEARMAN: My name is L. B. Spearman. I reside in North, South Carolina. South Carolina State is a university that's endowed with a very unique opportunity. Seen a lot of development in the Orangeburg, Santee and other areas. I think that university can become a major player there, provide the leadership and guidance to allow the whole area to grow. I wanted to serve at South Carolina State University because I feel like it is a university that fills a major void in South Carolina. You have Clemson in the Upstate that's doing major research in an area and in the mode of technology. And then you've got South Carolina State that's a major leader in transportation planning, and also in training in that area of South Carolina.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any question from any committee members? Were you influenced by any outside board or lawmakers in South Carolina to run?
MR. SPEARMAN: No, sir, I was not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Was not. Are you familiar with the trustees, the operation of South Carolina State?
MR. SPEARMAN: Yes, sir. I reviewed the accountability report that was published in 2000, and in 2007. Went through that report in detail and tried to pinpoint the very many strengths of South Carolina State.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Are you familiar with the turnover of presidents --
MR. SPEARMAN: Yes, sir. I --
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: -- of South Carolina State University?
MR. SPEARMAN: Familiar to the news media, but not personally.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: You are not a graduate of South Carolina State.
MR. SPEARMAN: No, sir. I registered there and was going to attend in an engineering technology course, but my job plans change and I did not attend. My wife has done a good bit of graduate work there at South Carolina State.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any other questions? Mr. Breeland.
REPRESENTATIVE BREELAND: What is your occupation?
MR. SPEARMAN: I work in telecommunications. I've been in telecommunications about 25 years, and I'm vice president and CRO of the company.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any other questions? Thank you, sir.
MR. SPEARMAN: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Jeffries. Bryan --
MR. JEFFRIES: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: -- Jeffries. Raise your right hand, Mr. Jeffries. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. JEFFRIES: I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. JEFFRIES: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. JEFFRIES: I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. JEFFRIES: I do not.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Go ahead.
MR. JEFFRIES: Good afternoon. My name is Bryan Jeffries, also commonly known as "BJ" for my friends and family. I understand the value of brevity, especially at the lunch hour. I will tell the committee that I am an attorney. I'm a sole practitioner in the Jeffries Law Firm in Orangeburg, however, I'm originally from here in Columbia. I attended the University of South Carolina, and University of South Carolina School of Law. Moved to Orangeburg, been there approximately three years. I do have board experience and student-participatory boards, governmental boards here in Richland County, and a board for non-profit in Orangeburg. My background is mainly in the law and legal education. I think what I bring to the -- what I will bring to the Board of Trustees is what I believe is my strength is communication, as well as conflict resolution. That's what my background experience has given me. I believe I can also provide a fresh perspective. And as an attorney, I would obviously -- my job is to advocate and I'd like to advocate for South Carolina State University during this critical time in its history.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions from any committee member? Thank you, sir.
MR. JEFFRIES: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Rico Montell Snell. Mr. Snell, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. SNELL: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. SNELL: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. SNELL: No conflicts.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. SNELL: None.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Go ahead with a short statement, sir.
MR. SNELL: Good afternoon. My name is Rico Snell. I am a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, and currently a resident of Richland County. I consider it a privilege and an honor to express my interest in the at-large, Seat 7, for South Carolina State University. With over 15 years of corporate banking experiencing, leading and developing people, it is time to create a new legacy of South Carolina State. Serving the state in this capacity, I will consider it to be a great honor and a privilege. Given my passion for State, my proven leadership, accountability, structure and other attributes to preserve the legacy of State, I will welcome the opportunity to serve my hometown in this capacity. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Any questions? Thank you very much. Thank you. Okay. Leslie McIver, Sr. Okay, sir. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. MCIVER: Not that I know.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. MCIVER: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. MCIVER: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. MCIVER: I have been a long-time member of Waccamaw Regional, COG, Council of Government.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: No, that would not. Not would not -- go ahead, sir.
MR. MCIVER: I am Leslie McIver. I'd be glad to supply you with a list of boards that I currently serve on. Educationally, I think I bring the plethora diversity to this particular board. My experience is, I have been an educator for 40 years, education and administration and with the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts. I have served on councils for 12 years in Conway, run for the House. And religious, I am an active clergyman. I don't mind calling a point of order in praying. The community, we need to build consensus. We have a large group of graduates on the coast, Myrtle Beach coastal region, and I consider myself a consensus vendor. I have had five of my six brothers to matriculate at South Carolina State, plus a wife who received an advance degree. It's a privilege to be before you and I look forward to serving. Most of the information I have come to know about the board is with brother attorney who is in Conway and discuss the ups and downs of the University at all times.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Mr. McIver? Mr. McIver, how did you become aware of a seat being vacant?
MR. MCIVER: My brother keeps an active, close view on South Carolina State, and we talk quite a bit. So that was the avenue.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. And any other questions from anybody? No. Thank you, sir.
MR. MCIVER: Thank you very much.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Robert M. Nance. Mr. Nance, will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. NANCE: I can't see; I can't hear; I have two bad shoulders and a broken back, but I'm good from the waste down.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. NANCE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. NANCE: No, sir. I'm in government. I'm not a businessman.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. NANCE: No, Mr. Chairman.
MR. NANCE: Thank you Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. And a thank you to you, Ms. Derrick, for your assistance in this process. The University is a place that I hold dear in my heart. My father, Maceo Nance served the University for 37 years, 19 of those years as president. My grandfather served as business manager for 24 years. My mother, my brother and myself all grew up on the college campus. We have a love for the institution that goes a long way. I am currently employed as District Director for Congressman Jim Clyburn. I have been employed in that position for the last 15 years. Due to that position, I've been able to work closely with the school, bringing infrastructure projects, working on the engineering program, working on the University Transportation Center, working on the archives, the history of building, working to bring not only infrastructure, but also funds to the school. I work very closely with two major fund-raisers that brought in 1.7 million dollars to the University towards the endowed chair for archives and history. My past experience is indicative of my future performance as a board trustee, member of South Carolina State. I believe I have the knowledge and experience to begin work immediately to ensure the University's success and stability for the future. I appreciate your consideration for my candidacy for this position. And at this time, I will try to answer any questions you may have.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you work in Washington? Or where do you work out of?
MR. NANCE: I'm able to work here in South Carolina running district offices for the Congressman.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you occasionally go to Washington?
MR. NANCE: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Would that not -- your job would not be a hindrance to attending board meetings --
MR. NANCE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: -- and other community meetings?
MR. NANCE: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: No staff meetings?
MR. NANCE: I don't think it would.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Sir, were you influenced to run from the outside, by a legislator, or people in government? Or how did you decide to participate here today?
MR. NANCE: My wife. I would call it an outside influence, but I had a lot of support and interest from my family to run. I had a lot of friends to call on me and I had a lot of members from the Alumni Association and people in the community, they asked me would I serve.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: I see that you have been active in fund-raising already. Do you -- I mean, you are well aware, since your father left -- he was president when I first came here. We've had five turnovers in presidents. Can you tell us anything about why you think that happens?
MR. NANCE: Well, I can tell you in the first 90 years of the school existence 1896 to 1986, there were five presidents. In the last 21 years, we've had four presidents, and we are now poised to hire a fifth president. There is definitely a lack of stability. You cannot run an institution with those kind of changes. There are a lot of reasons as to why there is a lack of stability there. I would like to serve on the board to try to bring stability and bring some sound judgment and visionary leadership for the future.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Don't you think that those changes of presidents be one thing that may be -- certified, re-certified the school?
MR. NANCE: Oh, I agree. I think we've had too much turnover in the office of the presidency. And assess accreditation and we will take a look at that, and I hope that we weren't harmed by that.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Are you willing, if you were elected, to have the University audited?
MR. NANCE: I have no problem with an audit.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. Any other questions.
REPRESENTATIVE BRADY: I have one question.
REPRESENTATIVE BRADY: Just to clarify, does your wife work at South Carolina State?
MR. NANCE: No, ma'am, she does not. She's employed by the University of South Carolina.
REPRESENTATIVE BRADY: Okay. Yes -- I was just looking --
MR. NANCE: She was employed last year.
MR. NANCE: But she is no longer --
REPRESENTATIVE BRADY: But she is no longer employed there.
MR. NANCE: Yes, ma'am.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any other questions for Mr. Nance? Nothing. Thank you, sir.
MR. NANCE: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Mr. Walt Tobin, Seat 11. Mr. Tobin, would you raise your right hand, sir. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. TOBIN: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. TOBIN: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. TOBIN: None, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. TOBIN: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: You may make your statement, sir.
MR. TOBIN: My name is Walter Tobin, and I'm a graduate of South Carolina State University Alumni. Long time -- a life-long resident of South Carolina. I'm a retired school administrator. I have more than 38 years of experience as an administrator. My daughter is a graduate of South Carolina State as well. My daughter has a -- my wife has a master's degree, and my son took two courses to finish his work in another institution. I've had a continuous relationship with the University since my graduation, both from personal, financial and support of personal contributions. I fully support the institution in a variety of ways. Four of us, seven years ago, took about six months and reorganized the athletic booster program and that increased within about ten-fold the athletic program. I lived in Orangeburg for eight years. I served as superintendent in Orangeburg for eight years, so I saw the University up close. I know some of its issues and some of its needs, and some of its assets. I want to, as a board member, to continue to enhance the vision of the University through my experience. Washington Weekly identified South Carolina State University on two occasions for transforming young people to productive citizens in South Carolina, and I'm a prime example of that. I'm a country boy who grew up in Blackville, South Carolina, five miles out of Blackville, and three miles down that dirt road. So, the experience of South Carolina State University was a transforming experience, and provided me with the opportunity for a fairly decent career. This an opportunity for Walter Tobin to give back. The University's been very good to me, and I ask the board for -- the committee for its favorable consideration of my candidacy for the board seat.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions of Mr. Tobin? Mr. Tobin, can you kind of give us a synopsis of what's happening at South Carolina State. We keep changing presidents, and you keep something going all the time?
MS. DERRICK: He's not on the board.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: I thought you was on the board.
MS. DERRICK: He's running unopposed.
MR. TOBIN: I'll try to answer it, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: He's not a board member? I thought he --
MS. DERRICK: No, no.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. You're just trying to fill -- you're not the one I want to get a hold of.
MR. TOBIN: I'm happy about that.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: I just need some clarification for what's going on at South Carolina State. Thank you. It seemed like you might know something.
MR. TOBIN: Look forward to it, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Okay. All right. It's a long day. At-large, Seat 12 now, we have Sky Foster. Sky is the incumbent. Sky, will you raise your right hand, ma'am? Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MS. FOSTER: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MS. FOSTER: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MS. FOSTER: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MS. FOSTER: No.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. Thank you.
MS. FOSTER: Thank you very much. Again, I'm Sky Foster. And I'm currently employed at BMW Manufacturing in Greenville, South Carolina as manager for recruiting, payroll, compensation, working structures. I'm an alumna of South Carolina State College, and I'm currently a member of the Board of Trustees, and I serve as vice chair of the Institution of Advancement, Marketing, Public Relations and Fund-Raising Committee. I have 25 years of business and industry experience that has prepared me for appropriate insights. And my goal is to dedicate the success of South Carolina State University. So therefore, I offer myself to continue to serve in a position of trust and honor on the Board of South Carolina State University, and I'd like to thank you for the opportunity.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions for Sky? Now, Sky you might be able to help me.
MS. FOSTER: Okay. I'll try.
MS. FOSTER: Uh-huh.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: And you're a member of the board there. Can you shed some light on why we keep in the last -- I know you haven't been on there that long.
MS. FOSTER: Right. Nearly a year.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: You've been on there how long?
MS. FOSTER: Nearly a year. Almost --
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: A year?
MS. FOSTER: -- a year in April.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: You haven't had much of a rough and tumble yet.
MS. FOSTER: Not much. It's been rough and tumbly.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: But been on the board, what is the discussion on the board? What is the real turnover that you can feel -- I know you haven't been there -- why do we keep changing presidents at that school?
MS. FOSTER: I'm unaware of the previous decisions for presidents of past. But in each situation, there are accountabilities to every position. And when you look at the facts that are in front of you, you make the appropriate decisions, based on the facts that are in front of you. And any details to that, I can't give those details because I'm unsure of how this might turnout --
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Now --
MS. FOSTER: -- legally.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Your job of being -- does BMW have a program in transportation at the University?
MS. FOSTER: Not at the University. What we're going now, we're in collaboration to determine what will be our fund-raising initiatives and partnership between BMW and South Carolina State University. So that is on the horizon; it is coming. We want to make sure it is the path for the University, as well as for the corporation.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Some years ago when I was chairman of the Education Committee, we called for new -- an investigation of the school. Are you willing, as a board member, to ask for an audit of that University at this time?
MS. FOSTER: Yes. Yes. An audit, we would welcome an audit. Let you know whether we're doing things according to the rules that you have in place. So yes, I would welcome an audit.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do y'all talk a lot about re-certification? How turmoil among the board has an effect on getting re-certification back?
MS. FOSTER: The re-certification we feel that the board that the schools are in place and they have proper direction and can also pass that SAC certification.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Are you still in favor of putting a lobbyist before the House of the University?
MS. FOSTER: I don't --
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: You have a lobbyist, don't you?
MS. FOSTER: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Ed Gibbons?
MS. FOSTER: Yes. It is important that the school is represented in that manner.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Are you going to continue to pay for that employment of a lobbyist at University? Are you still in favor of that?
MS. FOSTER: Yes.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you. Any other questions? That's all. Thank you.
MS. FOSTER: Okay.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Lancelot D. Wright. Mr. Wright.
MR. WRIGHT: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. WRIGHT: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. WRIGHT: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. WRIGHT: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. WRIGHT: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank you, sir. A short statement.
MR. WRIGHT: Yes, sir. Mr. Chairman, Screening Committee, want to thank you for this opportunity. My name is Lancelot Wright. I'm President and CEO of National Direct Home Pharmacy. I employ roughly about 120 South Carolinians. Many of these South Carolinians are graduates of the University of South Carolina State College. I've been in business now for about ten years in that capacity as far as providing mail order prescription drugs and diabetic supplies throughout South Carolina and now we're in 19 other states. It's truly an honor to have the opportunity to run for this Board of Trustees seat for the State of South Carolina State University. As a private businessman, I've built my commercial entities around service, around various and diverse industries, while serving the community overall. My diversity in both business and interactive relationship building throughout the United States and South Carolina will provide a wealth of resources to market the mission of South Carolina State University. The fiduciary responsibility of a board member is clear, and it should not be taken lightly. Therefore, after careful consideration, I have chosen to vie for the position of trustee of this wonderful, historical university, and will make a commitment to work towards the enhancements of its responsibility and mission, while working towards the continued growth and its reputation of higher education at the University of South Carolina State.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any questions from any other members? Sir, were you recruited by any members of the General Assembly to run for this position?
MR. WRIGHT: No, sir. My father-in-law, James Felder.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Would you be willing to ask for an audit of the University if you're elected?
MR. WRIGHT: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any other questions? None. Thank you, sir. Okay, we've got Mr. Ronald Henegan.
MR. HENEGAN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Please raise your right hand. Will the information given here today be the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God?
(Affirmation)
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any health-related problems that the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent you from serving on the board in a full capacity?
MR. HENEGAN: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Considering your present occupation and other activities, would you be able to attend board meetings on a regular basis?
MR. HENEGAN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you have any interests, professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because of your service on the board?
MR. HENEGAN: None.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Do you now hold any public position of honor or trust that, if elected to the board, would cause you to violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. HENEGAN: None.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: None. Thank you. Go ahead with a short statement, sir.
MR. HENEGAN: I'm Ronald Henagan; I'm from Bennettsville, South Carolina. I'm a retired educator from the state of South Carolina, as well as the state of North Carolina. I have quite an interest in South Carolina State College. My mother, my brother, my sister -- I'm a graduate of South Carolina State, and my son. So we have quite an interest in the school. I feel like the training that I've received in the past, for the various jobs I've held throughout my career, has enabled me to do a good job helping the State College get back on its feet and to -- I feel that I have served the community well. I believe through the experience, as I said I've had, dealing with budgets, dealing with community, dealing with fiscal responsibility, dealing with facilities and I feel these experience will give me a good opportunity and a good insight into some of the things that might be needed on this board, and I feel that I could be a good ambassador for the school and the community. Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: I will ask you the same questions. Were you recruited by anybody --
MR. HENEGAN: No, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: -- not the General Assembly, okay. Sir, and would you be willing to ask for an audit?
MR. HENEGAN: Yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Are you familiar with the changeover at South Carolina State?
MR. HENEGAN: I'm familiar with what I read in the paper, yes, sir.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Okay. All right. Any other questions? None. Thank you, sir.
MR. HENEGAN: Thank you.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Thank all of you for offering for South Carolina State. Certainly members of the General Assembly want that school to grow and be a viable institution of South Carolina. There is a need for it, and that's why I ask these questions. I wasn't trying to be hard on you or any other member, but we are concerned from time to time and want to bring it forward. As you know, Jerry Govan's got a bill in the General Assembly now. That's the reason I ask you this question, is to abolish all of you and start all over with another round of trustees or whatever you want to call it. But I just wanted to make you aware of that and that's why I ask some the questions I've asked you. And again, thank you for coming. Thank you for the patience that you've shown here today with all of these people. Now what is the pleasure of the committee?
SENATOR SHORT: Mr. Chairman --
MR. BREELAND: Mr. Chairman --
SENATOR SHORT: -- if I could make a comment before you, make a recommendation.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Ms. Short for a comment.
SENATOR SHORT: Most of the candidates that we've had here today are repeat candidates who have already served on the Board of Trustees and so they've heard me over the years rail about the cost of tuition in South Carolina and about the importance of making sure that we give opportunities to South Carolina students. So since so many of you are new candidates, I just want to make sure that you understand that all of us are very worried about the high rates of tuition in this state, and it's a very real issue, a very real concern, that I hope whoever is elected, will pay attention to and try to address, and make sure that our South Carolina students do have opportunities to attend our public universities. And I just wanted to make sure that you didn't think that we weren't concerned about that, just because we hadn't raised the issue previously. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
REPRESENTATIVE BREELAND: You said it. I move for approval.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Mr. Breeland moves approval of the candidates.
SENATOR SHORT: Second.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Second by Mrs. Short. And all in favor, signify by saying aye
COMMITTEE: Aye.
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS: Any opposed? None. Unanimous. Thank you very much. And again, a comment on what she just said. I appreciate you serving, willing to serve. And I would ask you, since we are having a lot of trouble on campuses, not only throughout South Carolina, but security is another thing I want you to give some of your attention. I would ask you to keep that in mind. Thank you very much and thanks for coming. Thanks for the court reporter. Thanks to the committee members. That's all I've got.

Findings of Fact
Memorandum

To: Clerk of the House
Clerk of the Senate
Re: Committee Hearings, February 25, 2008

The Committee to Screen Candidates for Boards of Trustees of State Colleges and Universities finds the following candidates for Boards of Trustees qualified. Background reports from the State Law Enforcement Division show no felony charges against any of the candidates.

College of Charleston

Six congressional districts, one at-large

1st District, Seat 2         L. Cherry Daniel

2nd District, Seat 4         G. Lee Mikell

3rd District, Seat 6         J. Philip Bell

4th District, Seat 8         Lawrence R. Miller

5th District, Seat 10         Dwight Johnson

6th District, Seat 12         Marie M. Land

At-Large, Seat 14         James F. Hightower

At-large three seats

two seats               Douglas A. Snyder

Glenn D. Addison (to be screened at a

later date)

one seat (expires 2013)     Ben Legare

Clemson University

At-large three seats

Louis B. Lynn

William C. Smith, Jr.

Bob Peeler

Lucian Norton, Jr.

Hunter C. Platt

At-large one seat (expires 2010)     pending

Coastal Carolina University

One congressional district

2nd District, Seat 4 (expires 2009)     Robert Templeton

Walda Wildman

Francis Marion University

Seven congressional districts, one at-large

1st District, Seat 2               Melissa Johnson Emery

2nd District, Seat 4               Gail Ness Richardson

2nd District, Seat 3 (expires 2010)   Laura E. Stroman

3rd District, Seat 6               Patricia C. Hartung

4th District, Seat 8               Brad Boles

5th District, Seat 10               George C. McIntyre

6th District, Seat 12               William W. Coleman, Jr.

At-large, Seat 14                 Timothy F. Norwood

Lander University

Six congressional districts, one at-large

1st District, Seat 2       Robert Brimmer (screened at a later date)

2nd District, Seat 4       George R. Starnes

3rd District, Seat 6       Linda Dolney

4th District, Seat 8       Jack W. Lawrence

5th District, Seat 10       S. Anne Walker

6th District, Seat 12       Catherine K. Lee

At-large, Seat 14         Ann B. Bowen

Medical University of South Carolina

Six congressional districts (three each from medical and non-medical professions)

1st District, non-medical       Melvyn Berlinsky

George Tempel

2nd District, non-medical     William H. Bingham, Sr.

3rd District, non-medical       Charles W. Shulze

4th District, medical         Dr. Charles B. Thomas, Jr.

5th District, medical         Dr. Cotesworth P. Fishburne, Jr.

6th District, medical         Dr. E. Conyers O'Bryan, Jr.

South Carolina State
At-large three seats

At-large, Seat 7 (expires 2010)     Dianne Talley

Ben Spearman

Bryan S. Jeffries

Rico Montell Snell

Leslie McIver, Sr.

Robert M. Nance

At-large, Seat 11                 Walter L. Tobin

At-large, Seat 12                 Sky Foster

Lancelot D. Wright

Ronald Henagan

University of South Carolina

Eight Judicial circuits

4th Circuit         Eugene P. Warr

10thCircuit         Chuck Allen

14thCircuit         William W. Jones, Jr.

15thCircuit         M. Wayne Staton

J. Egerton Burroughs

Phyllis Nye

16thCircuit         Sam R. Foster, II

Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School
At-large three seats

Bryan England

M. "Frankie" Newman

Winthrop University

Two Congressional Districts, one at-large

2nd District, Seat 2     Donna G. Tinsley (screened at a later

date)

6th District, Seat 6     Karl A. Folkens

At-large, Seat 8       Connie M. Long

Robert L. Thompson

Respectfully submitted,
Rep. Olin Phillips, Chm.           Sen. Thomas Alexander
Rep. Lanny F. Littlejohn           Sen. Linda Short
Rep. Joan Brady                   Sen. Jake Knotts
Rep. Floyd Breeland               Sen. Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.