FLORENCE, S.C. – T. Graham Edwards has been named the Francis Marion University School of Business Outstanding Alumnus for 2004.
The award was presented during a breakfast on March 19.
Edwards, a native of Cheraw, graduated from FMU in 1975 with a B.S. degree in business administration. He also earned an M.B.A. from The Citadel.
Edwards currently works as an executive consultant, representing various companies in the electric utility industry. He also serves as chairman of the Santee Cooper Board of Directors.
He served as vice president of business affairs at FMU from January to June in 2001 and executive director of the FMU Foundation from July 2001 to January 2002.
Prior to coming to FMU, Edwards worked at Santee Cooper for 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 CEOs who started the Energy Authority, a wholesale energy marketing and trading company that has been a model for public power.
In addition to his 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.
Edwards was named FMU’s outstanding alumnus in 1994. He and his wife, Dinah, have one daughter, Courtney, who is also an FMU graduate.
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