USC Salkehatchie and SouthernCarolina Alliance Announce Leadership Salkehatchie Class of 2020



LEADERSHIP SALKEHATCHIE WELCOMES 20TH CLASS:  USC Salkehatchie kicked off the Leadership Salkehatchie 2020 program with its first session on November 14 at the Stanley Performing Arts Building in Hampton.  This year’s participants are Jessica Goodwin (program assistant), Ann Carmichael (program facilitator), Karissa Ulmer,  Letitia Dowling, Sarah Lyn Tuten, Catherine Daugherty, Dolton Williams, Amye Stivender, Kathleen Barnes, Cliff Warren,  Joshua Rowland, Katrina Riley, Jon Pye, Chantsie Pickelsimer, Marcus Rivera, Mike Beasley, Ladson Fishburne, and Bill Goodson.

WALTERBORO, S. C. — USC Salkehatchie kicked off the Leadership Salkehatchie 2020 program with its first session on November 14 at the Stanley Performing Arts Building in Hampton. The participants are nominated by community leaders from the SouthernCarolina service area, which includes Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties. The session was followed by an alumni reception where the 2020 class participants were introduced to past graduates of the Leadership Salkehatchie program.

Leadership Salkehatchie, which welcomes its 20th class, is a competitive program for regional professionals, including business leaders, educators, political leaders and law enforcement. After being nominated and completing an application, a selection committee reviews the submissions and names the new class. Dr. Ann C. Carmichael  has been named this year’s facilitator.   

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Carmichael to serve as this year’s facilitator,” said Dr. Chris Nesmith, Campus Dean of USC Salkehatchie.  “I can think of no one more qualified to serve in this capacity. We are also grateful for the support from SouthernCarolina Alliance which makes the program possible.  I look forward to another fantastic leadership class this year.”

Carmichael said the focus of the program is to cultivate and enhance the participants’ leadership potential.  Participants in the class will attend eight sessions of leadership instruction covering topics on community engagement, economic development, education, the judicial system, and legislative advocacy.  Graduates of the program are expected to assume leadership roles throughout the Salkehatchie Region. Participants will also plan and execute a group project that identifies and addresses an issue in our communities. 

This year’s participants are Kathleen Barnes, Mike Beasley, Catherine Daugherty, Letitia Dowling, Bill Goodson, Ladson Fishburne, Chantsie Pickelsimer, Jon Pye, Katrina Riley, Marcus Rivera, Joshua Rowland, Amye Stivender, Sarah Lyn Tuten, Karissa Ulmer, Cliff Warren, and Dolton Williams.

Congratulations Leadership Colleton Class of 2018


“I had no idea Colleton had all of this to offer.  Everyone should experience this program!” Member of the Class of 2018

Congratulations to the Leadership Colleton Class of  2018!  Graduates were honored at the Annual  Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce Event held at the USC Salkehatchie Arena in Walterboro.

USC Salkehatchie wishes to express appreciation to the Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce whose partnership make Leadership Colleton possible.

Aviation Camp 2018


Students in Aviation Camp 2018, sponsored by USC Salkehatchie and Boeing, South Carolina, visited Lowcountry Regional Airport on May 9 to learn about airplanes, airport operations and Lowcountry Aviation. They also visited the Tuskegee Monument.

Other activities included visits to the Flight Academy and USS Yorktown, a meeting with Sen. Margie Bright Matthews, a trip to Joint Base Charleston with a pilot presentation and plane tour, and a trip to Boeing’s DreamLearners program. They also had the opportunity to take a plane ride on Saturday. The camp is in partnership with the Lowcountry Regional Airport, Hiram E. Mann Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Colleton County schools, Joint Base Charleston, EAA 477 Chapter and the USS Yorktown.

Legislators, companies honored at SCA celebration


Gratitude and optimism were the two keywords to describe SouthernCarolina Alliance’s Annual Regional Celebration held June 14 at USC-Salkehatchie in Allendale.

The 2017 SCA chairman Charles “Buddy” Phillips of Hampton County, 2018 Chairman L. Martin Sauls IV of Jasper County and – via a pre-recorded video – Executive Director Danny Black expressed their appreciation to the legislative delegations representing the 7-county SCA area of Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. They also heralded the accomplishments within the region.

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Leadership Salkehatchie group meets with lawmakers in Washington


After nine months of touring the Salkehatchie counties and learning more about each area, the Leadership Salkehatchie group reported their findings to South Carolina’s Congressmen during a trip to Washington, D.C.

USC Salkehatchie, in collaboration with Southern Carolina Regional Alliance, annually offer the Leadership Salkehatchie program to Salkehatchie region community members interested in economically developing the area.

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