Leadership South Carolina joins Clemson family

By Peter Kent

Clemson President Jim BarkerLeadership South Carolina, one of the state’s oldest and most respected leadership development programs, joined the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development in September. Clemson President James F. Barker welcomed the group into the Clemson family as keynote speaker for the Leadership Class of 2005 orientation.

“I am looking forward to the strides Leadership South Carolina and Clemson will make toward building strong and engaged generations of South Carolinians, who can address the challenges of today and forge a promising future for our state,” Barker said. “LSC is an ideal fit in our mission of research, teaching and community-connected service. The relationship will capitalize on the unique assets of a land-grant university through collaborative efforts.”

Marc Johnson, chairman of the LSC board of trustees, said, “The partnership of Leadership South Carolina and Clemson will be successful because we are both sincerely committed to building the best leaders for the benefit of the Palmetto State. LSC is delighted to be part of Clemson’s vision and is committed to its goal of improving the state through quality leadership.”

Leadership South Carolina, now in its 26th year, is one the state’s oldest and most respected leadership development programs. The program enrolls up to 50 applicants a year who have demonstrated commitment and service to their community and strive to reach a higher level of dedicated service to the Palmetto State.

The nine-month program incorporates the state’s experts in various fields to explore natural resources, quality of life, economic development, education, social issues and diversity in seven three-day sessions held around the state. At each session, participants meet other professionals, business executives, community and government leaders, and social change agents who will work with them to pursue positive change in South Carolina.

The current leadership class includes sessions on natural resources, the economy, education, social issues and quality of life, said Helen Munnerlyn, executive director of Leadership South Carolina.