Author Archives: envisionsc

Chairman Dr. Ben Bernanke

Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Bio

Hometown: Born in Augusta, GA;
raised in Dillon, SC
Education: B.A., Economics, Harvard University; Ph.D, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation: Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Other Notables:Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (June 2005 to January 2006); Class of 1926 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University (1994-1996); Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Chair of the Economics Department, Princeton University (1996-2002); Served two terms as a member of the Montgomery Township (N.J.) Board of Education.
Website: www.federalreserve.gov

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Judge Alex Sanders

Lawyer (retired), Professor, Essayist


Bio

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Education:B.S., University of South Carolina; LLM., University of Virginia; J.D. University of South Carolina School of Law
Occupation:Lawyer (retired), Professor, Essayist
Other Notables:Former Chief Judge of South Carolina Court of Appeals, 19th President of College of Charleston, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Charleston School of Law, Noted Baseball enthusiast
Website: polisci.cofc.edu


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Phil Noble Commentary

Alex has had more careers in South Carolina than any other five people – but all his work has been marked by his broad vision, keen insight, boundless good humor and a deep commitment to our state.

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Think of this website as South Carolina’s biggest “whiteboard”! A place to share and expand on good ideas that will make South Carolina a better place to live and work. A place to DEVELOP the ideas that will make the Palmetto State a LEADER in technology, education and business for our children. All ideas are welcome and all ideas are equal so PLEASE participate and join the conversation.

Charles Bolden

NASA Administrator, Major General U.S. Marine Corps (retired)


Bio

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Education: B.S. Electrical Sciences, U.S. Naval Academy; M.S. Systems Management, University of Southern California; United States Naval Test Pilot School
Occupation:NASA Administrator, Major General U.S. Marine Corps (retired)
Other Notables:Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., veteran of the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Thunder, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2) Distinguished Flying Cross
Website: www.nasa.gov


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Phil Noble Commentary

Col. Bolden is about reaching for the stars – literally. His life should be an inspiration to every child in the state.

Hayne Hipp

Former CEO, Liberty Corporation (1979-2005), Founder, Liberty Fellowship

Bio

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Education: B.A. Washington and Lee University; M.B.A. Wharton Graduate School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Occupation:Former CEO, Liberty Corporation (1979-2005), Founder, Liberty Fellowship
Other Notables:Trustee of the Aspen Institute and former trustee of the Palmetto Business Forum, Greenville County School District, the National Urban League, Washington and Lee University, and the South Carolina Research Authority, Former Chair of South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Former Chair of Peace Center For Performing Arts
Website: www.libertyfellowshipsc.org

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Phil Noble Commentary

Hayne is a South Carolina hero – he has used his economic success to build bridges and help young leaders learn how to rise above the petty politics that is holding us back.

Ken Canty

Owner, President, CEO; Freeland Construction

Bio

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Occupation:Owner, President, CEO; Freeland Construction
Other Notables:Member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineering, South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers, Charleston Civil Engineers Club, Unites States Judo Association
Website: www.freelandconstruction.com

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Phil Noble Commentary

Our state’s economic success in the future is depends on new entrepreneurs like Ken. South Carolina needs 1,000 Ken Cantys.

Kerri Forrest

Owner, Social/Creative, Director of Institutional Advancement, American College of the Building Arts, Journalist, Producer, Media Consultant

Bio

Hometown: James Island, South Carolina
Education:  B.A. Biological Sciences, minor: Communication, Clemson University; M.A. Interactive Journalism, American University
Occupation: Owner, Social/Creative, Director of Institutional Advancement, American College of the Building Arts, Journalist, Producer, Media Consultant
Other Notables: Two-Time Emmy Award Winning Producer (NBC News); Joan S. Barone Award for Excellence in Washington Based National Affairs and Public Policy Broadcasting; Board Member, Charleston Area YWCA
Website: www.kerriforrest.com

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Phil Noble Commentary

Kerri represents the next generation of great
South Carolinians – young, smart, savvy and comfortable working at a world class level.

Brad Wyche

Executive Director, Upstate Forever

Bio

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Education:  B.S. Geology and Environmental Science, Princeton University; M.A. Natural Resource Management, Yale University; J.D., University of Virginia
Occupation: Executive Director, Upstate Forever
Other Notables: Named one of Greenville’s 50 Most Influential Persons; recipient of the 1997 Environmental Awareness Award from the South Carolina General Assembly; 2001 Southern Environmental Leadership Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center; co-author of the South Carolina Bar Association’s Environmental Law in South Carolina; 2006 Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Furman University
Recommended Reading: Last Child In The Woods – Richard Louv
Website: The Economic Impact of South Carolina’s Natural Resources

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Phil Noble Commentary

Brad has a special reverence and passion for protecting our state’s natural environment and his work has benefited literally everyone in this state.

Josephine Humphreys

Novelist, Humanitarian Educator

Bio

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Education:  A.B. Duke University; M.A. Yale University and University of Texas
Occupation: Novelist, Humanitarian Educator
Other Notables: Has authored four books: Dreams of Sleep (1984), Rich in Love (1987). The Fireman’s Fair (1991), Nowhere Else on Earth (2000)
Website: My Kind of Town: Charleston, South Carolina


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Phil Noble Commentary

South Carolina’s great strength lies in the heart and soul of our people and Josephine keeps us connected to these things that are most basic and most important.

Secretary Richard Riley

Senior Partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and its affiliate, Education Counsel LLC., former governor of South Carolina (1979-1987), former Secretary of Education under Bill Clinton (1993-2001)

Bio

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Education:  Furman University, University of South Carolina School of Law
Occupation: Senior Partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and its affiliate, Education Counsel LLC., former governor of South Carolina (1979-1987), former Secretary of Education under Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
Other Notables: Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of South Carolina, Distinguished Professor of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership at the Richard W. Riley Institute at Furman University. The College of Education at Winthrop University bears his name, as does the College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. Named one of the Top 10 Cabinet Members of the 20th Century by Time Magazine
Website: www.nelsonmullins.com

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Phil Noble Commentary

Gov. Riley is the distilled essence of all that is right with South Carolina.