Gov. Mc­mas­ter ap­points of­fi­cials to over­see USC, higher ed agency

The State (Sunday) - - Local - BY LU­CAS DAPRILE AND TOM BAR­TON [email protected]­ tbar­[email protected]­ Lu­cas Daprile: 803-771-8483, @Lu­cas­daprile

Gov. Henry Mc­mas­ter has ap­pointed two new of­fi­cials to gov­ern the Uni­ver­sity of South Carolina and an­other to over­see the rest of the state’s col­leges.

Richard “Dick” Jones Jr., an at­tor­ney at Greenville-based Dob­son Law Group, will fill an at-large seat on USC’S board of trus­tees, the uni­ver­sity’s gov­ern­ing body that ap­proves tu­ition rates, cap­i­tal projects and salaries for top em­ploy­ees, ac­cord­ing to a Fri­day news re­lease.

Jones had served on the S.C. Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, the state agency which over­sees the state’s col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. His term was set to ex­pire in July 2020, ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion’s web­site. He will re­place Thomas Cofield of Lex­ing­ton, who re­signed in mid-de­cem­ber, the re­lease said.

Mc­mas­ter also ap­pointed in­vest­ment banker Carey “Dan” Adams to the USC board of trus­tees. Adams, a grad­u­ate of USC Up­state, owns Greenville-based The Cap­i­tal Corp. and chairs con­ser­va­tive think tank Pal­metto Prom­ise In­sti­tute, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Adams will re­place Mark Buyck of Florence, the re­lease said.

“The Uni­ver­sity of South Carolina has served as our state’s flag­ship in­sti­tu­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion for over two hun­dred and sev­en­teen years,” Mc­mas­ter said in a press re­lease. “It has pro­duced gen­er­a­tions of lead­ers who have helped shape the his­tory our state, our na­tion and the world. Mr. Jones and Mr. Adams un­der­stand that our state’s fu­ture eco­nomic pros­per­ity and suc­cess is en­hanced by vi­brant, ro­bust, and dy­namic re­search uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges, and tech­ni­cal schools. I know they will pro­vide the board of trus­tees with in­no­va­tive lead­er­ship and an un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence.”

Mc­mas­ter ap­pointed Ben W. Satcher of Lex­ing­ton to Jones’ po­si­tion at the Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. The Clem­son grad­u­ate served as a top of­fi­cial at the Kappa Al­pha Or­der fra­ter­nity’s ed­u­ca­tional foun­da­tion since 2008, the re­lease said.

The three donors are all Mc­mas­ter donors. Dur­ing the 2018 pri­mary and gen­eral elec­tions, Adams and his com­pa­nies do­nated $151,484 to Mc­mas­ter’s cam­paign, state records show. Jones and his com­pa­nies do­nated $12,500 to Mc­mas­ter’s 2018 cam­paigns. Satcher and his com­pa­nies do­nated $10,000 to Mc­mas­ter’s 2018 cam­paigns, state records show.

USC’S board of trustee mem­bers do not re­ceive a salary.

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