S.C. Rep. Leatherman and S.C. Supreme Court Justice Beatty to speak at fall commencement ceremonies

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

ORANGEBURG – This year, fall commencement ceremonies at SC State University will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.

The Honorable Hugh K. Leatherman Sr., a state senator representing Florence and Darlington counties, will speak at the 9 a.m. ceremony, which will include degree candidates representing the College of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology and the School of Graduate Studies.

The Honorable Donald W. Beatty, a 1974 SC State alumnus and S.C. Supreme Court Justice, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony, which will include degree candidates representing the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences and the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Honorable Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. (R. – S.C. Dist. 31) has represented the citizens of Florence and Darlington counties in the South Carolina Senate since 1981.

Leatherman serves as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee; the Senate Interstate Cooperation Committee; and the Senate Operations and Management Committee. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee. Leatherman also sits on the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee; the Senate Rules Committee; and the State House Committee.

His additional governmental experience includes service as member of the S.C. Budget and Control Board; chairman of the Salary, Executive and Performance Evaluation Commission; chairman of the Joint Bond Review Committee; member of the State Infrastructure Bank; and member of the S.C. Judicial Council.

Leatherman earned a civil engineering degree from NC State University, and has received honorary doctorates from Francis Marion University, Medical University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University, The Citadel, Clemson University and Lander University.

Leatherman is a member of the Clemson University College of Engineering and Science Advisory Board; member emeritus of the Francis Marion University Board of Trustees; chairman of the Florence Area Transportation Study Policy Committee; and member of the Florence Rotary Club. He has previously served as a member of the S.C. Consumer Affairs Commission; mayor pro tem of the Town of Quimby, S.C.; and member of the Quimby Town Council.

A native of Lincoln County, N.C., Leatherman is married to the former Jean Helms, and they are the parents of six and grandparents of three.

The Honorable Donald W. Beatty, a 1974 SC State alumnus, serves as a Justice in the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Admitted to the practice of law in South Carolina in 1979, Justice Beatty was engaged in private practice before he was elected to the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in August 1995 and served there until elected to the Court of Appeals in April 2003. He was elected to the Supreme Court of South Carolina in May of 2007.

Beatty served on the Seventh Circuit Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, Sentencing Guidelines Commission, and the Committee to Review South Carolina Drug and Common Laws. Beatty also served on the Judiciary Committee of the S.C. House of Representatives.

Beatty has served with numerous community organizations including the Piedmont Legal Services Board of Directors; Spartanburg Residential Development Corporation; BB&T Advisory Board; BMW Minority Advisory Board/BMW Construction Project; and vice chairman and chairman-elect of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus. He was elected to Spartanburg City Council in 1988 and served until 1990 when he was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives, where he served until 1995.

He attended public schools in Spartanburg County and received his bachelor’s degree from SC State in 1974. After graduating from S.C. State, Justice Beatty served in the United States Army as a commissioned officer. He attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1979.

Beatty was born to Arthur and Ruth Beatty in Spartanburg, S.C. He is married to Angela Chestnut Beatty and is the proud father of three children: Brandon, Austine and Morgan. He is a member of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C., where he serves as a trustee.