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Gov. Henry McMaster appoints new officials to oversee USC, higher ed agency

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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Lucas Daprile has been covering the University of South Carolina and higher education since March 2018. Before working for The State, he graduated from Ohio University and worked as an investigative reporter at TCPalm in Stuart, FL. There, where he won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his political and environmental coverage.
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