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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 Constitution and Bylaws

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 Retired 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 Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction at Georgetown County School District.
Brent Groome

Mr. Brent D. Groome

First appointed by the Governor in 2002.
A resident of Conway, Mr. Groome is retired from HTC as Chief Executive Corporate Communications and Government Relations. Current President of Chair City Consulting.
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 Executive Vice President, North Strand /Conway Market at Coastal Carolina National Bank.

The Area Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams until further notice due to COVID-19. The information will be provided on our Area Commission agenda and posted on the website 24 hours in advance of the meeting.