Board of Trustees: Executive Committee

The SCRA Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee is comprised of the presidents of Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina; the South Carolina governor or designee (to serve as Chairman); an additional appointee of the governor; the chairman of the South Carolina House Ways and Means Committee or designee; the chairman of the South Carolina Senate Finance Committee or designee; and two additional members.

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Mr. Don Herriott
Mr. Don Herriott
SCRA Board Chairman
Entrepreneur and Business Owner
Dr. L. Fred Carter
Dr. L. Fred Carter
President, Francis Marion University
Mr. Robert Caslen
Mr. Robert Caslen
President, University of South Carolina
Dr. James P. Clements
Dr. James P. Clements
President, Clemson University
Dr. David J. Cole
Dr. David J. Cole
President, Medical University of South Carolina
Hon. Jason T. Elliott
Hon. Jason T. Elliott
Representative, South Carolina House of Representatives
Attorney, Jason Elliott Attorney at Law, LLC
Ms. Lou Kennedy
Ms. Lou Kennedy
President, CEO and Owner, Nephron Pharmaceutical Corporation
Hon. Nikki G. Setzler
Hon. Nikki G. Setzler
Senator, South Carolina Senate
Attorney, Setzler & Scott, P.A.

Board of Trustees

The SCRA Board of Trustees is drawn from leading corporate, academic and government organizations.

  • Mr. Gregory (Gregg) B. Askins, Esq., Attorney and Chairman, South Carolina Board of Technical and Comprehensive Education
  • Mr. Bryant G. Barnes, President and CEO, Comporium Communications
  • Dr. L. Fred Carter, President, Francis Marion University
  • Mr. Robert Caslen, President, University of South Carolina
  • Mr. James E. Clark, President, South Carolina State University
  • Dr. James P. Clements, President, Clemson University
  • Dr. David J. Cole, President, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Ms. Jill Davis, Senior Vice President, Strategic & Ancillary Services, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
  • Dr. Linda M. Distlerath, Principal, Bamberg Advisors, LLC
  • Mr. Peter G. Dunphy, CFO, Global Services & Solutions, Michelin North America
  • Rep. Jason Elliott, SC House of Representatives; Attorney, Jason Elliott Attorney at Law, LLC
  • Ms. Jo Watson Hackl, Attorney, Wyche, P.A.; Author
  • Mr. Robert W. (Wes) Hayes Jr., Esq., Attorney and Chairman, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
  • Mr. Don Herriott, SCRA Board Chairman, Entrepreneur & Business Owner
  • Secretary Bobby M. Hitt III, Secretary, South Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Ms. Heather Simmons Jones, Senior Economic Advisor, MRB group
  • Ms. Lou Kennedy, President, CEO and Owner, Nephron Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr. Vahid Majidi, Director, Savannah River National Laboratory; Executive Vice President, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
  • Ms. Stella Mercado, President and CEO, Mercom Corporation
  • Ms. Krista L. Newkirk, Chair, Council of College Presidents; President, Converse College
  • Sen. Nikki G. Setzler, SC Senate Finance Committee; Attorney, Setzler & Scott, P.A.
  • Dr. Keith Y. Shah, Senior Vice President, Optum, Inc.
  • Ms. Sue-Ann (Susie) G. Shannon, President and CEO, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness
  • Mr. David M. Smalls, Legislative Director, Colleton County Legislative Delegation