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2005

Former Gov. Hodges, other state leaders to speak at FMU's Non-Profit Leadership Institute, Nov. 17-18

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges and several other state leaders will serve as instructors at the third session of the Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University, Nov. 17-18.

    The institute is a seven-month training program for leaders of non-profits. Twenty-eight participants from across the state are members of this year’s class.

    Funded initially with multi-year grants from the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation, the institute now receives major support from FMU, along with a grant from the PSARAS Foundation. 

    Kay Lingle Koonce, general counsel and executive assistant to the president at Trident Technical College, will conduct Thursday’s sessions, which will deal with governance and boards. Koonce served as chairman of the S.C. Human Affairs Commission from November 1999 to January 2003.

    State Rep. Jim McGee will be the luncheon speaker Thursday.

    Stephen K. Benjamin, the principal of The Benjamin Law Firm in Columbia, will open Friday’s activities with a talk titled "Interacting with Non-Profits: Perspectives from a Public Servant." Benjamin served as director of the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services under Hodges. He also was the democratic nominee for S.C. attorney general in 2002.

    Kevin Geddings will conduct Friday’s second session, "Public Relations Issues for Non-Profits." Geddings has helped some of America’s leading political figures, corporations and non-profits achieve their communications and marketing goals. For eight years, he directed marketing communications for MAXIMUS Inc. He also served as Hodges’ transition staff director and later chief of staff. He directed the successful South Carolina Education Lottery referendum campaign in 2000, and with his wife founded Geddings and Phillips Broadcasting Corp. in 2002.

    Hodges, now a partner of Hodges Consulting Group, will discuss "The Intersection of Public Institutions and Non-Profit Institutions" during Friday’s third session. Before serving as South Carolina’s 114th governor, Hodges served 11 years in the state House of Representatives. From 1990 to 1997, he served as general counsel and secretary of the Springs Co. He also served as Lancaster County attorney for three years, and was in private practice for eight years.

    Elizabeth Patterson, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, will head Friday’s final session, "The Relationship Between Non-Profits and Public Agencies in Addressing State Social Problems." Patterson recently returned to the law school after serving four years as director of the S.C. Department of Social Services. She has been active in reforming South Carolina’s laws relating to family and health issues, and drafted much of the state’s 1996 Child Protection Reform Act, as well as legislation governing living wills, health care powers of attorney, and medical decision-making by surrogates.

    Fred Sheheen, former commissioner and executive director of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education, is director of the FMU Non-Profit Leadership Institute.

    For more information about the institute, contact the FMU Foundation at 843-661-1481.

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Last Published: February 21, 2007 9:40 AM
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