Wednesday, September 17, 2008
SC State Board of Trustees member, Mr. Lumus Byrd, was recently awarded the
Presbyterian College and first Presbyterian Church of Clinton jointly presented the award to Mr. Byrd, a native of Clinton, S.C and SC State Alumnus, for his outstanding volunteer and community service efforts.
Mr. Byrd is the current chair of Presbyterian College’s Board of Visitors and serves on the board of directors of the Associated Marine Institute, the Clinton YMCA, the Laurence County Literacy Council, the Laurens Country Community Foundation, the Rotary Club of Clinton, the U.S. Selective Service System, and on the advisory board of Carolina First Bank.
He also serves on the board of commissioners of the Clinton Museum and on the executive committee of the Clinton Economic Development Corporation and has served as president of the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce.
Earlier this year, Mr. Byrd was presented the Order of the Silver Crescent, South Carolina’s highest honor for volunteer and community service, by Governor Mark Sanford.
Mr. Byrd has been a loyal, longtime member of New Bethel AME Church of Clinton, where he has served as a steward, a member of the worship board, and a member of the board of trustees.
Byrd said he was grateful to accept the award – given in honor of the late Martha Anne Green, a former dean of students at Presbyterian College– that recognizes the contributions of both church and college.
“It is easy to realize that the church serves its congregation and the college serves its students,” said Byrd. “This is an awesome responsibility and one that is much needed in our society. We are blessed to have both of them in our community. Martha Anne Green knew this and I know it, too. She had great admiration for her church and her college and, likewise, I have great admiration for the church and this college. This award in her honor recognizes her service and I’m proud that my service is being honored by receiving her award. It is no small wonder that this college’s motto is ‘While we live, we serve.’ As I continue to live, I will continue to serve.”