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HGTC Honors Colonel Buddy Styers with Legacy Endowment

(Conway, SC) 04/04/2024

HGTC Honors Colonel Buddy StyersDr. Marilyn Fore, HGTC President, presents Colonel Thomas Buddy Styers with the Legacy Endowment for Workforce Development. 

From left to right: Senator Luke Rankin, Mrs. Peggy McMaster, Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, HGTC President; Colonel Thomas Buddy Styers, Governor Henry McMaster, Representative Case Brittain

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) and the HGTC Foundation recently established and presented the Colonel Thomas C. “Buddy” Styers Legacy Endowment for Workforce Development award. This endowment, totaling $250,000, is a testament to the profound impact of Colonel Buddy Styers on the HGTC community and his unwavering dedication to progress and development in the Myrtle Beach area.

Colonel Buddy Styers, Executive Director for the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority, is a visionary leader whose name has become synonymous with innovation, resilience, and commitment. His transformative efforts in the redevelopment of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base property have left an indelible mark on our community, reshaping its economic landscape and providing opportunities for growth and prosperity.

In recognition of his monumental contributions, HGTC is proud to honor Colonel Styers by establishing an endowment. The Colonel Buddy Styers Legacy Endowment for Workforce Development will serve as a lasting tribute to his commitment to empowering individuals and building a brighter future for our region.

President of HGTC, Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, expressed her profound appreciation, stating, "We pay tribute to a visionary leader whose foresight and dedication have transformed the landscape of our community. It’s with great honor and admiration we celebrate the remarkable achievements of Colonel Buddy Styers, a true champion for the Myrtle Beach area. On behalf of our College, Foundation, and community, I extend my deepest gratitude to Colonel Styers.  May his legacy continue to remind us of the extraordinary things we can achieve when we dare to dream and work together."

“The Colonel Buddy Styers Legacy Endowment for Workforce Development will enable HGTC to invest in the education and training of the local workforce, providing scholarships and resources to students pursuing careers critical to our region's prosperity. Through this endowment, Colonel Styers's legacy will live on as we carry forward his vision with passion and determination,” said Shannon Detzler, President of the HGTC Foundation.

For more information about the Colonel Thomas Buddy Styers Legacy Endowment for Workforce Development, please contact the HGTC Foundation at 843-477-2105, foundation@hgtc.edu, or visit the website.