Four finalists selected for secretary of Board of Trustees
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Four finalists were named Friday (Oct. 7) for the position of secretary of the university and of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.
The finalists are Brian Comer, a lawyer with Collins & Lacy and former student body president; Charles D. Fitzsimons, director of capital budgets and financing at USC; Dr. Cameron Howell, assistant vice president for higher education development at the National Student Clearinghouse in Herndon, Va., and Amy Stone, interim executive director of the Carolina Alumni Association.
Comer is a magna cum laude graduate of USC’s Honors College with a degree in international studies and economics. He also earned his master of international business studies and his law degree from USC. Comer joined the firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in 1999 and became partner in 2007. In June 2009, he joined Collins & Lacy, where he has continued to work in products liability, professional malpractice cases and general business litigation.
Fitzsimons has an extensive background in higher education. After working in accounting, he worked at the S.C. Commission on Higher Education and later was president of the S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities, a non-profit organization representing 20 independent colleges and universities in the Palmetto State. At USC, he is responsible for system-wide indebtedness and capital project financing. Fitzsimons earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in accountancy from USC.
Howell is a magna cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University with a degree in English. He earned his master’s degree in education and his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Virginia. Since November 2009, Howell has worked at the National Student Clearinghouse, providing strategic oversight for relationships with the 3,300 colleges and universities that are clients of the organization. The clearinghouse offers compliance and reporting services on a variety of data and statistics.
Stone is a graduate of USC with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education. From 2008-2010, she was an ex-officio member of USC’s Board of Trustees, a seat she held as president of the Carolina Alumni Association. She chaired the Student-Trustee Liaison Committee and also served on the Ad Hoc Committee for Development and the Health Affairs Committee. She also is a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors. Until joining the alumni association in August, Stone was vice president for retail recruiting for City Center Partnership.
Board Chairman Miles Loadholt said a meeting date to discuss the finalists has not been set, but he hopes to move quickly.
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