Wednesday, April 07, 2010
SC State University will host executive speaker Brandolyn Thomas Pinkston, administrator of the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA), during the University’s Executive Speaker Series (ESS). The event will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. Pinkston’s topic will be: “Credit Sense and Debt Management: Keys to Success in Life and in Business."
In her role as SCDCA administrator, Pinkston has successfully implemented innovative consumer programs and is featured as a speaker on consumer issues across the United States, Mexico and Canada. She has also championed legislation that protects the interest of consumers, specifically on predatory and mortgage lending.
Pinkston directed an expansion of the SCDCA’s outreach services by opening consumer locations across the state of South Carolina and advancing on-going dialogue with businesses. She led the SCDCA in establishing the South Carolina Mortgage Fraud Task Force, and partnered with the S.C. Attorney General to launch the South Carolina Mortgage Fraud Hotline. Under Pinkston’s leadership, the SCDCA was recognized as the 2005 National Consumer Agency of the Year by the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA).
Prior to joining the SCDCA, Pinkston served as president of the National Consumers League in Washington, D.C., leading the organization through its centennial celebration in 1999. Pinkston has served on numerous other national and community boards. She is president of the Columbia, S.C. chapter of The Links, Inc., former chairperson of the National Consumers League, former board chairperson of the Center for Cancer Treatment and Research at Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, S.C. and former member of the National Executive Board of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Pinkston has been recognized by several organizations. The Direct Selling Education Foundation presented her with the organization’s prestigious ‘Circle of Honor’ Award for continuous leadership in the consumer movement. The National Consumers League presented her with the ‘Florence Kelly Leadership’ Award as a result of her work to investigate, educate, agitate, and legislate for a better quality of life for all consumers. The South Carolina NAACP also presented Pinkston with the ‘Presidential Citation’ for protecting consumer rights. Pinkston was inducted into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2010, Pinkston was an honoree on the AT&T African American Calendar for her service to the people of South Carolina.
Pinkston received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., and her master’s degree in history from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. Pinkston is married to Jerome L. Pinkston, Jr. They have two daughters, Joya Pinkston and Paula Payton.