FLORENCE---Two state legislators and a prominent Florence physician will be awarded honorary degrees from Francis Marion University during fall commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Smith University Center gymnasium.
Chosen to receive honorary doctoral degrees are: Glenn F. McConnell of Charleston, president pro tempore of the S.C. Senate; Thomas G. Keegan of Surfside Beach, a state representative from District 106; and Dr. C. Edward Floyd of Florence, founder and president of Floyd Medical Associates.
Sen. McConnell also will be the commencement speaker for the 265 candidates for FMU degrees. Candidates include 203 students for undergraduate degrees and 62 for graduate diplomas.
An attorney and businessman, Sen. McConnell has served in the S. C. Senate since 1981, representing District 41 (Charleston and Dorchester Counties). He was elected Senate president pro tem in January. He chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also serves on the Banking and Insurance Committee, Ethics Committee, Interstate Cooperation Committee, Labor, Commerce & Industry Committee and Rules Committee. He has been named legislator of the year by a number of organizations. In addition to heading his own law firm, he is president of CSA Galleries Inc. and co-owner of Wilton House, Ltd. (OVER)
Sen. McConnell is chairman of the Hunley Commission, which was responsible for raising the Civil War submarine. He is also active in the Scottish Society of Charleston, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Palmetto Battalion, the 27th S.C. Volunteer Infantry and 19th Indiana Volunteers, the Association for Preservation of Civil War Sites and the S.C. Historical Society. He has been named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America.
A 1969 graduate of the College of Charleston, Sen. McConnell earned his law degree at the University of South Carolina in 1972. The College of Charleston named him alumnus of the year in 1987 and awarded him the Founders’ Medal in 1992. He has an honorary doctorate from the Citadel.
Rep. Keegan has served in the South Carolina House of Representatives since his election in November 1988. He lives in the Island Green community and represents Surfside, Garden City and parts of Conway, a district that has grown tremendously over the last 10 years and has a very diverse population of retirees, young people and native South Carolinians.
An emeritus member of the Francis Marion University Board of Trustees, Keegan has served on the prestigious Ways and Means Committee of the House for the last nine years. He chairs the Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Subcommittee and also serves on the Operations & Management Committee. He has been instrumental in the formation of the infrastructure bank that brought the Veterans Memorial Highway and the Carolina Bays Parkway to Myrtle Beach.
He is chairman of the Grand Strand Transportation Committee; a member of the University of South Caroliniana Society, the Conway Historical Society, the Performance Audit Steering Committee, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Waccamaw Regional Planning and Development Council, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
A native of Greenwich, Conn., Keegan is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired as police chief of Greenwich, before moving to Horry County. He earned an associate’s degree in 1973 from Norwalk Community College and a bachelor’s degree in 1976 from Iona College. (Continued)
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Born in Florence, Dr. Floyd attended Lake City Public Schools and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1956. He earned a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1960. He interned at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La., and did his surgical residency through Louisiana State University School of Medicine.
He also was a clinical trainee with the U.S. Public Health Service and did work with the U.S. Army Burn Center at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. In 1965, he returned to Florence and founded his own practice which he continues today. He is a clinical professor of surgery with USC Medical School in Columbia and a clinical associate professor of surgery with MUSC in Charleston.
Active in the community, Dr. Floyd has medical appointments with both Carolinas Hospital System and McLeod Regional Medical Center. He is chairman emeritus of the University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees. He served on the S.C. Commission on Higher Education from 1996 to 1998. He received the Order of the Palmetto in 1996.
Dr. Floyd serves on the board of directors of National Bank of South Carolina, Synovus Financial Corp., Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation, Quorum Health Group and the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation.
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