SC State University Hosts President and CEO of Electric Cooperatives During Executive Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SC State University will host executive speaker, Michael N. Couick, president and chief executive officer of the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. (ECSC) in Columbia, S.C., on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. Couick will speak on the topic, “Renewable Energy Resources: Implications for Sustainability.”

The ECSC is the statewide service and trade association for electric cooperatives in S.C. The members are 20 consumer-owned electric cooperatives, three wholesale power supply cooperatives and one materials supply cooperative. Together, they operate the largest electric distribution system in the state. (More than 1.4 million South Carolinians in 46 counties use electricity from electric cooperatives).

Prior to joining ECSC in 2005, for 21 years, Couick served as attorney and director of research for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee. As director of research for the state Senate, Couick was chief counsel to the South Carolina Judicial Merit Selection Commission and the State Regulation of Public Utilities Review Committee. Earlier in his career, he served as a clerk to Judge C. Tolbert Goolsby of the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Some of Couick’s past service activities include: chairman of the American Bar Association’s Competitions Committee and its Election Law Committee and member of the Board of Directors of South Carolina Educational Communications, Inc., the programming arm of the Education Television (ETV) Endowment of South Carolina. He is currently a member of the Board for South Carolina Children Come First, a group committed to finding “forever homes” for children in South Carolina's foster care system, and he is an appointee to the South Carolina Center of Economic Excellence Review Board, which annually awards approximately $30 million to endowed chairs at the state’s research universities.

A 1981 graduate of the University of South Carolina (USC), Couick earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature.  While in college, he was awarded USC’s highest student honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Couick graduated from the USC School of Law in 1984 where he served on the Law Review and was inducted into the Wig and Robe and the Order of the Coif. He was also a national officer of the American Bar Association Law Student Division.

Couick and his wife, Mary Coleman Couick, have four children—Marchant, 17; Coleman, 7; Alex, 5 and Campbell, deceased.  Couick is active in his children’s school, their sports activities and his church.

For more information on the Executive Speaker Series, contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead at (803) 516-4864.