Area Commission

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Area Commission

From the Chair

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 I am 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.

Chair
Commission Chair Joe T. Branyon, Jr. was 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.
 

Area Commission Members

Vice Chair Ms. Orrie E. West was first appointed by the Governor in 1986. A resident of Surfside Beach, Ms. West is the Circuit Public Defender for Horry and Georgetown Counties. Vice Chair
Mr. Fedrick D. Cohens was appointed by the Governor in 2015.  A resident of Georgetown, Mr. Cohens is Director of Family Literacy and Early Childhood Education, Georgetown County School District. Brent Groome
Mr. Brent D. Groome was first appointed by the Governor in 2002. A resident of Conway, Mr. Groome is Chief Executive for Customer Operations at Horry Telephone Cooperative. Brent Groome
Mr. Donald W. Helms was appointed by the Governor in 2007. A resident of Conway, Mr. Helms is owner of Helms Realty, Inc. Donald Helms
Mr. Herman C. Jones, Chair Emeritus,was first appointed by the Governor in 1976. A resident of Myrtle Beach, Mr. Jones is the owner of Captain Benjamin's Calabash Seafood 1 and 2, and Herman Jones and Associates, a real estate company. Herman Jones
Mr. Jon D. "David" McMillan was appointed by the Governor in 2012. A resident of Murrells Inlet, Mr. McMillan is Managing Partner of Drunken Jack's Restaurant & Inlet Affairs. Jon David McMillan
Mr. Y. Melvin Nobles, Secretary, was first appointed by the Governor in 1979. A resident of North Myrtle Beach, Mr. Nobles is retired from the Grady Hardwick Construction Company. Mr. Y. Melvin Nobles
W. Ken Richardson was first appointed by the Governor in 1998. A resident of Conway, Mr. Richardson is the retired owner of Fowler Motors. W. Ken Richardson