FLORENCE---Patricia C. Edmonds of Greenwood was elected Wednesday (June 2) to the Board of Trustees of Francis Marion University by the South Carolina General Assembly.
She will fill a vacancy on the FMU board created by the resignation earlier this year of William A. Collins of the Sixth Congressional District.
Edmonds is the executive director of the Upper Savannah Council of Governments in Greenwood, a position she’s held since 1990. Upper Savannah is a region of South Carolina comprising six counties and 24 municipalities.
Prior to being named executive director, she served the Upper Savannah Council of Governments in several positions from 1976 to 1990, including community development planner, development director and assistant director.
She also served as liaison for the state’s Budget and Control Board Germany Projects from 1993 to the present, helping coordinate and develop educational, cultural, scientific and governmental exchange programs between South Carolina’s two sister states in Germany—Rheinland-Pfalz and Brandenburg.
She earned two degrees from Clemson University, a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in business administration.
Edmonds has served as secretary and treasurer and is a current board member of the National Association of Development Organizations, and she serves on an advisory committee of the National Association of Regional Councils.
She is a member of the S.C. Rural Development Council, the S.C. Economic Developers Association, Enterprise Development Inc., and serves on a Division of Land Resources Committee of the Department of Natural Resources.
She is a past board member of S.C. Downtown Development Association, Carolina Capital Investment Corp. and the Governor’s Technical Advisory Committee on Community Development. She was a member of Lander University’s Board of Visitors in 1998-99.
She is a board member of Greenwood Vocational Rehabilitation Center, past president of Greenwood Rotary Club, and past board member of Palmetto Leadership Advisory Committee, Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and Greenwood United Way. She is also a board member of Community Capital Corp., a five-bank holding company.