Governor McMaster describes accelerateSC as “a coordinated economic revitalization plan involving small and large business owners, leaders in manufacturing, healthcare professions, education professionals, and local government officials.” A list of accelerateSC task force members is available on the Governor’s website.
The accelerateSC task force is composed of five committees – Response, protection, governance, resources, and information. Benedict president Roslyn Artis serves on the governance committee, while Lou Kennedy, SCICU trustee and president and CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, was chosen for the response committee.
“We must view our campuses as small cities,” said Artis in the April 27th meeting of the accelerateSC governance committee. “Our private colleges and universities, especially in more rural areas, have major economic impact in their respective markets.”
Artis was joined in the inaugural governance committee meeting by other higher education leaders, including SCICU president and CEO Jeff Perez and Rusty Monhollon, president of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education.
accelerateSC’s meetings are covered by local media and livestreamed by SC ETV, which also maintains recorded video from past meetings and makes them available free to the public.