Board of Trustees: Executive Committee

The SCRA Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee is comprised of the president of Clemson University or designee; the president of the Medical University of South Carolina or designee; the president of the University of South Carolina at Columbia or designee; the president of South Carolina State University or designee; 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 three 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
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
Col. Alexander Conyers
Col. Alexander Conyers
President, South Carolina State University
Dr. Linda M. Distlerath
Dr. Linda M. Distlerath
Principal, Bamberg Advisors, LLC
Hon. Jason T. Elliott
Hon. Jason T. Elliott
Representative, South Carolina House of Representatives
Attorney, Jason Elliott Attorney at Law, LLC
Ms. Jo Watson Hackl
Ms. Jo Watson Hackl
Attorney, Wyche, P.A.; Author
Hon. Lawrence K. (Larry) Grooms
Hon. Lawrence K. (Larry) Grooms
Senator, South Carolina Senate
Ms. Lou Kennedy
Ms. Lou Kennedy
President, CEO and Owner, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Dr. Harris Pastides
Dr. Harris Pastides
Interim President, University of South Carolina

Board of Trustees

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

  • Mr. Gregory (Gregg) Askins, Esq., Chairman, South Carolina Board of Technical and Comprehensive Education; Attorney, Askins, Chandler & Askins, LLP
  • Mr. Bryant G. Barnes, President and CEO, Comporium Communications
  • Dr. L. Fred Carter, President, Francis Marion University
  • Dr. James P. Clements, President, Clemson University
  • Dr. David J. Cole, President, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Col. Alexander Conyers, President, South Carolina State University
  • Ms. Jill Davis, Executive Vice President, Strategic & Diversified Businesses, 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
  • Sen. Lawrence K. “Larry” Grooms, SC Senate
  • Ms. Jo Watson Hackl, Attorney, Wyche, P.A.; Author
  • Mr. Robert (Wes) Hayes, Jr., Esq., Chairman South Carolina Commission on Higher Education; Attorney, Robert W. Hayes, Jr. LLC
  • Mr. Don Herriott, SCRA Board Chairman, Entrepreneur & Business Owner
  • Ms. Heather Simmons Jones, Director of Southeast Operations, MRB Group
  • Ms. Lou Kennedy, President, CEO and Owner, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Secretary Harry M. Lightsey, III, Secretary, South Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Dr. Vahid Majidi, Director, Savannah River National Laboratory; Executive Vice President, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
  • Dr. Kristin Manske, Chief Executive Officer, Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Ms. Stella Mercado, President and CEO, Mercom Corporation
  • Dr. Harris Pastides, Interim President, University of South Carolina
  • Dr. Maurice Scherrens, Chair, Council of College Presidents; President, Newberry College
  • Ms. Sue-Ann (Susie) G. Shannon, President and CEO, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness
  • Mr. David M. Smalls, Executive Director, South Carolina Artisans Center