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Program Advisory Board

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium receives guidance and input from its Program Advisory Board, established in 2005.

Prospective members are invited by the Chair of the Consortium Board of Directors, and the Program Advisory Board consists of representatives from a mix of academic, agency, business, and public interest organizations from South Carolina and adjacent coastal states.

Current Members

Federal Agencies

Michael Allen, Community Partnership Specialist (retired), U.S. National Park Service

Sherri Fields, Director, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Charleston Lab

Jeffrey Payne, Ph.D., Director, Office for Coastal Management, NOAA National Ocean Service

Gregg Waugh, Director, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

State and Local Government

Robert Boyles, Deputy Director, SCDNR-Marine Resources Division

Rutledge B. Leland, Mayor, McClellanville, S.C.

Elizabeth B. von Kolnitz, Chief, SCDHEC-Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Academic and Research Institutions

Clark Alexander, Ph.D., Director, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

Jeffrey S. Allen, Ph.D., Director, S.C. Water Resources Center

James Arrington, Ph.D., Administrator (retired), South Carolina State University

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, Director, Corporate Development and Community Engagement, Clemson University

Paul T. Gayes, Ph.D., Executive Director, Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, Coastal Carolina University

Fred Holland, Ph.D., Director (retired), Hollings Marine Laboratory

Jay Pinckney, Ph.D., Director, Belle W. Baruch Institute, University of South Carolina

Paul A. Sandifer, Ph.D., Director, Center for Coastal Environmental and Human Health, College of Charleston

Deborah J. Stirling, J.D., Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, Coastal Carolina University

Business, Private Sector, and Public Interest

Laura Cantral, J.D., Executive Director, S.C. Coastal Conservation League

Anne D. Cope, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Vice President, Research and Chief Engineer, Institute for Business and Home Safety

Jannie Harriot, Executive Director, S.C. African American Heritage Foundation

Debra Hernandez, P.E., Executive Director, SE Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

Heather Hodges, J.D., Executive Director, Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

John L. Knott, Jr., Founder and President, CityCraft Ventures, LLC

Chris Mack, M.B.A., P.E., P.M.P., Coastal Services Program Manager, AECOM

Kevin Mills, President and CEO, South Carolina Aquarium

Lundie Spence, Ph.D., Director (retired), Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence-SE

Tim Todd, Executive Director, Discover Upcountry Carolina Association