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Our Board

Officers of the Board

Rita Caughman

Chair
Sojourner, Caughman & Thomas; Columbia, SC

James Bennett

Vice Chair
First Citizens Bank; Columbia, SC

Lindsey Fisher

Secretary
USC Foundations; Columbia, SC

Hunter Lambert

Assistant Secretary
USC Foundations; Columbia, SC

Kim Elliott

Treasurer
USC Foundations; Columbia, SC

Boyd Jones

Chair Emeritus
Synovus Bank; Columbia, SC

Directors of the Board

Pam Baker

Burr Forman McNair; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Finance

Jim Barrow

Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss; Dallas, TX

Committees:

Joint Foundations Investment

James Bennett

Vice Chair
First Citizens Bank; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Executive
Finance

Rita Caughman

Chair
Sojourner, Caughman & Thomas; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Executive
Finance
Joint Foundations Investment

Chip Chase

USC Sumter Representative
FTC; Sumter, SC

Committees:

Finance

Susan Cramer

Magna Sign International; Lexington, SC

Committees:

Finance

Tom Deas

National Association of Corporate Treasurers; Haverford, PA

Committees:

Joint Foundations Investment

Calvin Elam

EFinancial Advisors; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Executive
Finance

Keith Elliott

Columbia, SC

Committees:

Joint Foundations Investment

Fran Gardner

USC Regional Campus Faculty/Staff Representative
USC Lancaster; Lancaster, SC

Committees:

Finance

Boyd Jones

Chair Emeritus
Synovus Bank; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Executive
Finance

John Jonson

Lyrical Partners; Austin, TX

Committees:

Joint Foundations Investment

Stan Juk

Lexington Cardiology; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Finance

Sandra Kelly

USC Columbia Campus Faculty/Staff Representative
University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Finance

Kenda Laughey

Finance Committee Chair
Southminster; Charlotte, NC

Committees:

Executive
Finance

Steve Marino

SC Investment Commission; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Joint Foundations Investment

Buddy McEntire

McEntire Produce; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Finance

Leah Moody

USC Board of Trustees Representative
Law Office of Leah B. Moody; Rock Hill, SC

Committees:

Finance

Scott Plyler

South Atlantic Bank; Myrtle Beach, SC

Committees:

Finance

Haigh Porter

Attorney; Florence, SC

Committees:

Finance

Jeff Spears

USC Aiken Representative
First Community Bank; Augusta, GA

Committees:

Finance

Tony Tam

IMIC Hotels; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Finance

Allen Wright

Investment Committee Chair
UBS Financial Services Inc.; Atlanta, GA

Committees:

Executive
Joint Foundations Investment

Ex Officio Directors of the Board

Jason Caskey

President and Chief Executive Officer, USC Foundations
Columbia, SC

Will Elliott

Interim Chief Development Officer, USC Development and Alumni Relations
Columbia, SC

Dorn Smith

Chair, USC Board of Trustees
Kingstree, SC

Administrative Liaison to the Board

Bill Tate

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, USC
Columbia, SC

Meet Kenda Laughey

Kenda Laughey grew up in Gilbert, South Carolina and earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of South Carolina in 2000.  She earned her Masters of Accountancy from the Moore School of Business at UofSC, graduating with her CPA and a job at Arthur Anderson in Charlotte, NC in 2001.  In 2002, she went to work at Deloitte & Touche LLP where she stayed until 2011.  From there she became CFO at Southminster, Inc, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Charlotte, NC.

"Some of my fondest memories at UofSC are playing the flute in the UofSC Concert Band and I am forever grateful for the fellowship I received while obtaining my masters. That fellowship is what inspired me to give back to the University that helped me achieve so much. I feel fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful group of respected, thoughtful people."

Kenda Laughey

Board Portal

If you are a member of the board and have questions or need assistance logging into your account, please contact one of our Foundations Board Effect administrators:

Lindsey Fisher
(803) 777-1826
LFisher@mailbox.sc.edu

Susan Smith
(803) 777-1547
SbSmith@mailbox.sc.edu