Thursday, March 29, 2007
ORANGEBURG – The next installment of SC State’s weekly Executive Speaker Series will feature Rick C. Wade, vice president of business development for Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.
The lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 4, at noon in the fourth floor auditorium of Belcher Hall. For additional information, contact Dr. Ann Winstead at (803) 533-3777.
The Executive Speaker Series, sponsored by the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, is a component of the Leadership and Professional Development Program, which all business majors are required to complete. The series exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government.
Past participants have come from a wide array of companies and industries, including Pfizer Inc., Springs Industries, Bowater Inc., Ernst & Young, BellSouth, Black Enterprise, SCANA, Sonoco, Bank of America, Johnson Controls, Milliken & Company and the FDIC.
Former South Carolina Lt. Governor Nick Theodore describes Rick C. Wade as “a man of principle, a man of faith, and a man of action. He is a true public servant and a proven leader who can bring people together to work for the common good.”
Wade’s career comprises a unique combination of business experience and public service.
As vice president of business development at Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, he develops the company’s growth strategies and works to secure new business opportunities. He has also served as assistant vice president and congressional liaison for Palmetto GBA. In addition, Wade has been a senior associate at Fowler Communications, a member of the Cabinet of the Governor of South Carolina, state director of the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Services, senior manager at Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical company, analyst for the S.C. House Ways & Means Committee, executive assistant to the president of University of South Carolina and chief of staff for former Lt. Gov. Theodore.
In 2002, Wade ran for the statewide office of Secretary of State of South Carolina and won nearly 44% of the vote in his first bid for elected office. He is a frequent speaker, commentator and columnist, addressing critical political, economic, education, social and spiritual issues. He often provides counsel to leaders across the country, including candidates for the office of President of the United States.
Wade has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Young Men of America, the Urban League Leadership Award and USC Outstanding Alumnus. He was named Henry Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments, Denit Fellow by Wesley Theological Seminary, and John F. Kennedy Fellow by Harvard University.
Wade is a native of Lancaster, S.C., and attended the Lancaster public schools. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Harvard University. He has also studied at both the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga., and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Among his many affiliations are the following: Wade has served as a member of the USC Alumni Board, Clemson Public Service Advisory Board, S.C. Agency Directors Association, and the Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Investment Board. He currently serves on the boards of the Columbia Urban League, Historic Columbia Foundation and Sisters of Charity Foundation. At Francis Burns United Methodist Church, Wade has been director of Youth Ministries and lay minister, as well as a member of the Administrative Board, Council on Ministries and the Pastor Parish Relations Committee.