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Published on April 30th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


New Members Elected to Benedict College Board of Trustees

Columbia, SC—Benedict College appointed seven new board members during a recent spring meeting. The seven new members are: Atty. Clarence Davis, shareholder in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Health Care Litigation practice in Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta office; Mr. George D. Howell, III, a rising Senior Computer Engineering major at Benedict College; Atty. James Patrick “Pat” Hudson, Corporate Compliance & Privacy Officer for SCANA; Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Pastor and Founder of Solomon’s Temple, Columbia, SC; Mr. Boyd B. Jones, Executive Vice President, NBSC, a Division of Synovus Bank; Ms. Charlene H. Keyes, Area Vice President for Time Warner Cable, South Carolina; and Mr. Richard Panner, Vice President, Southeast Region, Pepsi Beverages Company.

Atty. Clarence Davis is a shareholder in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Health Care Litigation practice in Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta office. His practice emphasizes on defending pharmaceutical and medical device companies in products liability matters across the country.

Atty. Davis is experienced in serving as lead counsel in complex business trials and complex litigation for national companies throughout the Southeast and elsewhere in the United States. He has been admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

From 1989 to 1991, Atty. Davis served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, where he was responsible for the jury trials of securities, tax and federal procurement fraud cases, as well as environmental crime work for South Carolina. He was also a Captain in the U.S. Air Force in the 1980s, during which time he prosecuted jury trials of serious felonies at air bases in eight western states.

Atty. Davis is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. He also serves as a board member of the University of South Carolina Alumni Association’s Board of Governors.

Mr. George D. Howell, III was elected to serve a one-year term as a student trustee. Mr. Howell is a rising senior majoring in Computer Engineering at Benedict College. He is a native of Columbia, SC. Mr. Howell strives in maintaining high academic standards and personifying a good student leader, where he is a member of Benedict College School of Honors. He currently holds executive board positions of the National Society of Leadership and Success (Student Networking Team Coordinator), National Society of Black Engineers (Vice-President), and Brothers-In-Unity (President-elect). These are organizations that shape students into strong leaders and push student involvement and interactions in their own areas, as each continues to affect change on campus and in the community.

After graduating from Benedict College, Mr. Howell plans to attend graduate school striving for his Ph.D. with an engineering focus. He hopes to become a prominent engineer who will be able to connect in a positive way with his community.

Atty. James Patrick “Pat” Hudson is currently serving as the Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer for SCANA Corporation. In his role, he reports to SCANA’s CEO and the Audit Committee of its Board of Directors, and is responsible for managing SCANA’s corporate compliance and ethics program, as well as its privacy program and corporate policies. Atty. Hudson was formerly the vice president of human resources for SCANA, and before that served as the director of SCANA’s legal department where he managed the non-regulatory legal functions. Previously, he served as General Manager of South Carolina Electric and Gas Company’s Corporate Procurement Department and Corporate Environment Services Department. In 1994, he joined SCE&G as an attorney, where his primary areas of practice included rates and regulatory, environment, and general contract matters.

Before joining SCE&G, Atty. Hudson served as a Chief Deputy Attorney General in the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. In addition, he was employed with the law firm of Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A. in Columbia, SC. Atty. Hudson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Davidson College, Davidson, NC and his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson is pastor and founder of Solomon’s Temple in Columbia, SC. He earned a Doctor in Pastoral Ministry degree from Central Christian University of South Carolina, where he serves as Acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He has been awarded several honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Divinity degree from Morris College School of Religion in Sumter, S.C., and was elected to the College’s Board of Trustees in 2010. In 2011, he was conferred a Doctor of Humane Letters from Claflin University.

Rev. Dr. Jackson grew up in the Wheeler Hill community of Columbia, and graduated from Booker T. Washington, where he excelled as a student athlete. He entered the ministry in 1978, serving for 10 years as the pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Ridgeway, S.C., and Hyco Baptist Church in Cassett, S.C., before leading Hyco Baptist Church’s ministry for 24 years.

He is a member of the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, and the founder of the “Solomon Jackson Jr. Foundation,” which is dedicated to the support of students in higher education.

Mr. Boyd B. Jones is the Executive Vice President for NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank. A proven leader in the banking industry in South Carolina, Mr. Jones is a relationship-driven professional with expertise in sales leadership, credit underwriting, and customer development and prospecting. He is a versatile manager specializing in cultivating and motivating future management talent. He is an active community leader with extensive local and regional board involvement.

Mr. Jones received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of South Carolina. He also graduated from the South Carolina Bankers School, and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. Mr. Jones is a Series 7 and 66 licensed agent with Synovus Capital Markets Group.

In addition, Mr. Jones is involved in many community organizations and currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, serving on the Board and chairs the Audit and Budget Committee for the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation, and is on the Diaconate of First Presbyterian Church in addition to being Vice Chair for the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. His past community affiliations include Indian Waters Council, Boy Scouts of America, Congaree Land Trust, and Senior Resources.

Ms. Charlene H. Keyes is the Area Vice President for Time Warner Cable, South Carolina. Ms. Keys joined Time Warner Cable in 2004, and has held several positions including Vice President/General Manager for Columbia/Hilton Head Markets, Vice President of Technical Operations, and Vice President/General Manager of Voice.

Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, Ms. Keys held key executive positions within the Telecommunications industry including corporate Vice President, Interconnection Services – KMC Telecom Inc.; Director, Carrier Management and Interconnection OSS – MCI WorldCom Inc.; General Manager, Network Operations – Ameritech Corporation (AT&T); and Sr. Manager, Network Operations and Engineering – Sprint Corporation. She was selected by Ameritech Corporation (AT&T) as an Exchange Executive with Deutche Telekom working in Bonn and Berlin, Germany responsible for developing joint business operations strategies for integrated digital services.

Ms. Keys’ non-profit board participation includes, Board Chairperson – The Columbia Urban League, Board Director – The United Way of the Midlands, and Immediate Past President and Chair – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) – Carolinas Chapter.

Ms. Keys earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of the State of New York and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Mercer University. She is also a graduate of the distinguished Betsy Magness Leadership Institute – the cable industry’s flagship leadership development program preparing senior-level women to take on significant leadership responsibilities.

Mr. Richard Panner is currently serving as the Vice President of the Pepsi Beverages Company’s Southeast Region.  The Southeast Region includes all PBC Bottling operations in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.  Mr. Panner assumed the role in February 2012, and manages all aspects of PBC’s business in the southeastern United States.

Prior to this position, Mr. Panner served as Vice President and General Manager of the Carolinas Market Unit, a position he assumed in 2011, where he led implementation of Pepsi’s “Born in the Carolinas” Marketing campaign. Previously, he was Vice President, Retail Sales for the PBC Southeast Business Unit (SEBU). Mr. Panner assumed this role in March 2008, and led the Retail Selling function in the southeastern United States. Mr. Panner also served as Vice President and General Manager of the Tennessee Market Unit, a position he was named to in April 2004. Under his leadership, the Nashville Market Unit and Tennessee Market Unit delivered consistent volume and profit growth, finishing in the Best of PBG (Top 5) three out of four years. In addition, he was named to the Chairman’s Circle in 2007 as a result of the Tennessee Market Unit’s Top 3 Best of PBG performance.

Currently, Mr. Panner sits on the Board of the YMCA of Central Florida and the President’s Advisory Council at Benedict College. In addition, he is actively involved with a number of organizations including the Georgia Food Industry Association, The Boy Scouts of America (Central Florida), as well as the Urban League of Columbia, SC.

Mr. Panner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.


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