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The South Carolina Ports Authority is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, each appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, along with two non-voting, ex-officio members – the state Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Transportation.

The Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at SCPA Main Office at 176 Concord Street in Charleston, unless otherwise noted on the meeting agenda. In addition to posting meeting notices, the SCPA announces all public meetings and provides an agenda to any interested person, organization or news media by e-mail. If you wish to be added to the distribution, please contact Erin Dhand at 843-577-8121 or e-mail

Approved minutes of the past six Board Meetings are available for review during regular business hours at the SCPA Main Office, 176 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

board_STERN_smBill H. Stern, Chair, Columbia, SC – South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) Board Chairman Bill Stern is President and CEO of Stern & Stern, a commercial real estate and investment company which owns and manages real estate throughout the southeastern United States. Mr. Stern has been with the firm for over thirty-five years, and during that time he has also dedicated a great deal of time to public and community service.  Mr. Stern was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the State’s highest civilian honor, in 1999. [complete bio]
board_POSEK_smDavid J. Posek,  Vice Chairman, Pawleys Island, SC – Governor Sanford appointed Mr. Posek to the SC Ports Authority Board in October 2005 and Governor Haley reappointed him in 2014. He was elected Chairman of the Board for the years of 2008 and 2009. He continues to serve on the SCPA Board, where he currently is the Chairman of the Bi-State Commission between SC & GA to build a new Port on the lower Savannah River. [complete bio]
Kurt D. Grindstaff, Treasurer, Hilton Head Island, SC – Mr. Grindstaff, who joined the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors in June 2015, is Chief Financial Officer of DBH Global Incorporated. His responsibilities include developing financial controls and implementing strategic planning and budgetary disciplines to improve profitability, cash flow and eliminate debt. He planned and managed the first audit of the company by an independent CPA firm. [complete bio]
Willie E. Jeffries, Secretary, Elloree, SC – Willie Jeffries was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve on the South Carolina Ports Authority Board in 2010. He is a native of Union, South Carolina, earned his Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling from South Carolina State University. Jeffries has received numerous honors, including the Order of the Silver Crescent, the Palmetto State’s highest award for outstanding community service. He also received the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian award and the Patriot’s Award, the highest award given by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. [complete bio]
board_smithWhitemarsh S. Smith, III, Charleston, SC – First appointed in 1999 by Governor Hodges, Captain Smith has served as Board Member of the South Carolina Ports Authority for 15 years, under three South Carolina governors. He has held every elected position within the board, and was elected as Chairman of that Board from 2001 to 2004, and in this capacity was selected to testify to U.S. Congress on a national debate on governance of maritime issues. In addition, Captain Smith serves as the longest-standing President of Charleston Branch Pilots’ Association, with 33 years at its helm.  [complete bio]
Pamela P. Lackey, Columbia, SC – Pamela P. Lackey was appointed to the South Carolina Ports Authority Board by Governor Haley in 2010. She is President of AT&T South Carolina, a position she has held since 2007, and is responsible for the public policy, economic development and community affairs activities. She works closely with state and community leaders to help bring new technology and jobs to the state and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians. [complete bio]
William W. (Wes) Jones, Bluffton, SC – Wes Jones was born in Greenville, South Carolina, in April 1946. He attended the public schools in Greenville before enrolling at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, from which he graduated in 1964. Following his graduation from Darlington, he entered The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. While at The Citadel, he was elected President of the Class of 1968 and, upon graduation, was named as a Distinguished Military Student and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. [complete bio]
Kenneth R. Jackson, Blythewood, SC – Kenny Jackson joined South Carolina Electric & Gas Company in 1978 and for the past 39 years, he has served in various professional and leadership positions within SCE&G and SCANA throughout his tenure, including more than 20 years in the SCE&G regulatory departments. In his current position, he is responsible for the rates and regulatory functions, economic development and developing and maintaining strong relationships with all levels of government – federal, state and local – as well as certain regulatory agencies. [complete bio]

Christy A. Hall (ex-officio) – SCDOT
Robert M. Hitt III (ex-officio) – SCDOC