United States Coast Guard Admiral to Speak at SC State

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rear Admiral Steve BranhamSC State University’s Career Center will host Rear Admiral Steve Branham of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Rear Admiral Steve Branham will speak to SC State students about “Leadership.” The event will be held in the K.W. Green Student Center’s Bulldog Lounge, located on the campus of SC State.

Rear Admiral Branham has exemplified leadership throughout his career in the USCG. As rear admiral also serving as district commander for the 7th Coast Guard District, his district responsibilities include all USCG operations in the southeast region of the U.S., the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Within these districts, Rear Admiral Branham is responsible for search and rescue, counter drug, port safety and migrant interdiction operations, designed to interdict undocumented migrants prior to landfall in the United States.

Rear Admiral Branham has served in numerous afloat and administrative assignments on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, as well as the Great Lakes. Throughout his 12 years of sea duty, he has been involved in a number of high-profile drug, migrant, fisheries, and search and rescue enforcement cases, including the 1980 Mariel Boatlift of Cuban migrants and the 1991 Haitian mass migration. Rear Admiral Branham also commanded the task force that successfully prototyped the use of armed helicopters to stop suspected drug-laden vessels. This is an initiative that continues to produce record annual drug prohibition rates.

Rear Admiral Branham is a 1977 alumnus of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering. In 1987, he received a master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1999, Rear Admiral Branham was awarded a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College in Washington, DC.

According to Joseph Thomas, interim director for the Career Center at SC State, students will learn leadership skills during Rear Admiral Branham’s visit. “Students will learn how to be a leader in their organizations, ultimately becoming leaders in their respective careers upon graduation,” says Thomas. “Rear Admiral Branham’s success proves that leadership is a result of dedication and perseverance,” continued Thomas.

For more information on the Rear Admiral Branham’s visit, contact the Career Center at (803) 536-7033.