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Published on March 10th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Pamela Lackey; “President of AT&T South Carolina”

Written By Clifton Metcalf

Pamela Lackey views challenges the same way her father taught her to view golf strokes: each one is a new opportunity to make something good happen.

“When I was a little girl, he took me to play golf with him nearly every morning before he went to work,” she remembers. “No matter how poorly I hit a shot, he would not let me move the ball because he said I needed to learn to play it where it laid.”

That lesson, taught under the hot Alabama sun, continues to echo in the spirit of positive determination which Ms. Lackey brings to her job as President of AT&T South Carolina and to civic projects which will benefit South Carolina for decades.

As AT&T’s top executive in the state, Ms. Lackey is responsible for the company’s regulatory, economic development, legislative and community affairs activities here. She works closely with state and community leaders to help bring new technology and jobs to the state and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

Before being promoted to her current position six years ago, Ms. Lackey was AT&T South Carolina’s Director of Government Relations, working directly with members of the S.C. General Assembly on public policy matters.

In an earlier position with the company’s business marketing group, she was the company’s primary interface with education and government customers and was instrumental in establishing the state’s first broadband network to provide high-speed Internet service to all schools and libraries in South Carolina. It was an appropriate assignment because prior to her telecommunications career, Ms. Lackey was a professional educator.

While she worked at a school in Greenville when she moved to the state in 1980, much of her education career was spent supporting other educators. Her last education post was as the Senior Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent of Education, where she directed a division with responsibility for technology, curriculum standards, testing and professional development for teachers and administrators.

Consequently, it is not surprising that public education remains one of her passions. She is currently a co-Chair of the TransformSC initiative and one of its more fervent, and persuasive, advocates.

“The way we approach education today, with students doing the same thing in a highly regimented way, was designed for a very different economy,” she says. “We need to work together from the grassroots to transform our schools and better prepare students for today’s global economy, where workforce success requires collaboration, teamwork, technology and continual learning.”

Ms. Lackey’s numerous honors and awards including being named the 2011 Business Leader of the Year by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the highest award bestowed by the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association, which represents more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees.

In addition to her role with TransformSC, she is the Chairperson of the SC State Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the S.C. Ports Authority Board, having been appointed by Governor Haley and confirmed by the State Senate in 2011. She also serves on several boards, including the Business Partnership Foundation at USC’s Moore School of Business, the Palmetto AgriBusiness Council, the Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Board, and the United Way of the Midlands.

In her faith community, Ms. Lackey is a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, where she serves on the Altar Guild.

She remains an avid golfer.

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