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Area Commission

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Area Commission

The Horry-Georgetown Technical College Area Commission, a nine-member body, is an outstanding group of dedicated, community-minded professionals, individually and collectively committed to advancing higher education at and through Horry-Georgetown Technical College. It is our goal, each day, to provide the policy guidelines and broad-based vision that promote and ensures the success of the College, under the direction of its President, Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, and accomplished by the efforts of our wonderfully able team of professional faculty, staff and administrators. 

Horry-Georgetown Technical College is a leader in higher education in our area and in the State, and we are proud to be a part of what we're accomplishing for the good of our students, area business, industry and government, and for the citizens as a whole.

Area Commission Members

Chair

Commission Chair Mr. Joe T. Branyon, Jr.

First appointed by the Governor in 1991.
A resident of Andrews, Mr. Branyon is a Certified Public Accountant and owns the firm Tommy Branyon, CPA.
Vice Chair

Vice Chair Ms. Orrie E. West

First appointed by the Governor in 1986.
A resident of Surfside Beach, Ms. West is the Circuit Public Defender for Horry and Georgetown Counties.
Fedrick Cohens

Mr. Fedrick D. Cohens

First appointed by the Governor in 2015.
A resident of Georgetown, Mr. Cohens is the Director of Early Childhood, Literacy, and Parenting, Georgetown County School District.
Brent Groome

Mr. Brent D. Groome

First appointed by the Governor in 2002.
A resident of Conway, Mr. Groome is Chief Executive of Marketing, Economic and Strategic Initiatives at Horry Telephone Cooperative.
Donald Helms

Mr. Donald W. Helms

First appointed by the Governor in 2007.
A resident of Conway, Mr. Helms is owner of Helms Realty, Inc.
Jon David McMillan

Mr. Jon D. "David" McMillan

First appointed by the Governor in 2012.
A resident of Murrells Inlet, Mr. McMillan is Managing Partner of Drunken Jack's Restaurant & Inlet Affairs.
Mr. Y. Melvin Nobles

Mr. Y. Melvin Nobles, Secretary

First appointed by the Governor in 1979.
A resident of North Myrtle Beach, Mr. Nobles is retired from the Grady Hardwick Construction Company.
Robert Farrar

Dr. Robert J. Farrar

First appointed by the Governor in 2018.
A resident of Myrtle Beach, Dr. Farrar is a retired Cosmetic Dentist.
Robert Hucks

Mr. Robert P. Hucks, II

First appointed by the Governor in 2018.
A resident of Conway, Mr. Hucks is Senior Vice President of Coastal Carolina National Bank.