Edwin Givens selected for 2011 Liberty Fellowship class

Monday, August 3, 2009

Ed. GivensEdwin Givens, South Carolina State University special assistant to the president and general counsel, has been selected to participate in the 2011 Liberty Fellowship class.

“I’m extremely honored and elated that I was chosen for such a prestigious fellowship,” Givens said.

The fellowship, a statewide leadership initiative, is sponsored by Hayne Hipp, Wofford College and the Aspen Institute. It seeks to empower the state’s emerging young leaders to reach their utmost potential.

Business, government and nonprofit professionals throughout the state were chosen to be in the 2011 class.

The fellowship is a two-year program that features four seminars aimed at broadening Liberty Fellows’ perspectives, critical thinking and intellectual and personal development.

Givens said one of the most important aspects of being a Liberty Fellow is taking on a project that helps the state. He said the reading list for the fellowship is pretty intense, ranging from the works of Socrates to Martin Luther King Jr.

“We are going to look at studying some of the great minds of the world and, in turn, using the teachings of these great minds to try and positively affect South Carolina,” he said.

Givens said all Liberty Fellows must be nominated to be eligible for consideration.

“We are proud to announce the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2011, our sixth class since the program begin in 2004,” said Hayne Hipp, founder of Liberty Fellowship. “This class is exceptionally talented and well suited to meet the challenges and opportunities in the lifetime program.”

State Reps. Jenny Horne, R-Dorchester and Anton Gunn, D-Richland, and state Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, are some other members of the 2011 class, which has 20 members.

SC State Trustees, Jonathan Pinson and Matthew Richardson are also Liberty Fellows.

Prior to joining SC State, Givens was a shareholder in the McNair Law Firm, where he specialized in administrative and governmental law. His prior legal experience includes general counsel for the South Carolina Commission for the Blind; associate attorney at Newman and Sabb; and law clerk judiciary committee for the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Givens is a member of the Richland County Bar, the America Bar Association, a former member of the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees and a former member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Philharmonic.

Givens is a 2007 graduate of Leadership South Carolina. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School (USC) of Law and a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science from SC State University.

He and his wife, Karel, have a daughter, Kendall.

In his spare time, Givens enjoys reading, exercising, golf and attending sports events.

“I know this experience will enhance my dedication to using my talents and experiences to serve South Carolinians,” Givens said.