Greenville attorney nominated to fill S.C. Ports seat

Gov. Henry McMaster has appointed Bill Coates, an Order of the Palmetto recipient from Greenville, for an open at-large seat of the S.C. Ports Authority Board, along with six reappointments.

Coates is a partner of the law firm Roe, Cassidy, Coates & Price, and a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law, according to today’s news release.


Kenneth Jackson previously held Coates’ seat until February 2021.

McMaster reappointed Bill Stern, Willie Jeffries, Kurt Grindstaff, Whitemarsh Smith, Pamela Lackey and Mark Buyck Jr. to the at-large seats.

“Through thoughtful, targeted and strategic investment, the S.C. Ports Authority has become one of our state’s most powerful economic engines,” McMaster said in the release. “I have complete confidence in the board’s leadership and know they will help ensure that our ports will continue to be a significant factor in bringing new jobs and investment to South Carolina for generations to come.”

The S.C. Ports Authority Board of Directors consists of nine members and governs the S.C. Ports Authority. Each member is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate, along with two non-voting, ex-officio members, the S.C. Secretary of Commerce and the S.C. Secretary of Transportation, according to the release.


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