State Senator, three other Anderson-Area Residents Graduates of 40th Class of Leadership South Carolina

State Sen. Richard Cash, Coach Dick Smith

State Sen. Richard Cash, Coach Dick Smith

Four Anderson-area residents are among the newest graduates of Leadership South Carolina, the state’s oldest and most-respected leadership development organization. The 44 members of the organization’s 40th anniversary class were honored at a Sept. 9 ceremony at The Lace House on the Governor’s Mansion complex. Graduation, usually held in April, was postponed when activities were suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Class of 2020 graduates from the Anderson area include State Rep. Richard Cash; Chunsta Miller of the Washington Prime Group who is general manager of Anderson Mall; Coach Dick Smith, a business and community liaison for Anderson School District 5 and former T.L. Hanna state-title winning soccer coach as well as Mark Williamson, chief information officer for Anderson County.

For four decades Leadership South Carolina has inspired new generations of leaders in the only leadership program dealing with issues facing the entire state. Candidates demonstrating exceptional commitment to their communities are selected yearly from more than 300 applicants for the eight-month program. Participants attend three-day sessions throughout the state exploring issues including economic development, education, natural resources and social issues. They also attend the group’s annual legislative day each spring at the Statehouse. Leadership South Carolina’s almost 2,000 graduates include former governors and statewide and local elected officials as well as leaders in business, education and of non-profits. In recent years class projects have raised more than a half-million dollars for everything from drop-out prevention and senior care to fostering literacy and combating hunger.

The 2020 class project raised more than $11,000 to improve the dental health of underserved students in rural South Carolina. Kits containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and oral health brochures are being distributed to 10,000 students in 24 schools in Allendale, Hampton, Summerton, Dillon and Manning in the economically challenged area of the state known as the Corridor of Shame.

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