FLORENCE---T. Graham Edwards of Moncks Corner, former president and chief executive officer of Santee Cooper, and Gary W. Hanson of Florence, a distinguished teacher and former chairman of the faculty, were named to vice presidential positions at Francis Marion University Wednesday (Sept. 27).
Edwards was appointed vice president of business affairs and will assume responsibility for financial activities within the university, including budgeting, accounting, the physical plant, public safety, purchasing and auxiliary services.
Hanson was named vice president of administration and will supervise personnel services, computing services, institutional research and planning.
FMU President Fred Carter, who made the appointments on the recommendation of search committees, said these appointments round out his administrative team at Francis Marion. Both appointments are effective Jan. 1.
“I am elated that these two outstanding individuals have accepted our offer to join the university’s administration,” said Carter. “They both bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of the state and university to their respective positions. I’m also delighted that both bring additional expertise to the classroom as well as the administrative positions that they will assume.”
Edwards left Santee Cooper in June after 23 years. He began working for Santee Cooper in 1977 in the management training program and later served as supervisor for corporate forecasting, vice president of finance, and executive vice president and chief financial officer, before being named president and chief executive officer in 1993.
Edwards was one of three CEO’s who started the Energy Authority, a wholesale energy marketing and trading company that has been a model for public power. In addition to accomplishments at Santee Cooper, he served as the first chairman of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, an economic development arm of the Lowcountry that has been a successful model for the state.
A native of Cheraw, Edwards is a 1975 business graduate of Francis Marion University. He earned a master’s in business from the Citadel in 1976. He and his wife, the former Dinah Marsh of Cheraw, also a FMU graduate, have a 19-year-old daughter, Courtney, who attends the University of South Carolina.
Edwards was named FMU’s outstanding alumnus in 1994.
Hanson has been a member of the FMU psychology faculty since 1971 and served as department chairman from 1986 to 1997. He has also taught at the University of Georgia at Thomasville.
Hanson was chairman of the general faculty for three years, 1997-2000. He also served as associate provost for three years, 1994-1997. He holds the Walter Douglas Smith Professorship of Psychology and was named the university’s Distinguished Professor of the Year for 1997-98.
A licensed clinical psychologist in South Carolina, Hanson is a partner with Psychology Associates in Florence and has been affiliated with McLeod Regional Medical Center and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital.
Author of numerous publications and presentations, he has served on practically every committee within the university during his tenure. He has been involved in bringing more than $350,000 in contracts and grants to FMU.
A native of Oneida, N.Y., Hanson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Stetson University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Florida State University. He and wife Kay are the parents of a son, Eric, 30, a student at Florida State University, and a daughter, Callie, 24, a student in the MUSC nursing program at Francis Marion University.