(864) 977-7000
 


Governor to Speak at December Graduation

Governor Henry McMaster will deliver the commencement speech during North Greenville University's graduation ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 9, in Turner Chapel.

“We are honored that Gov. Henry McMaster will join us as we celebrate our graduates’ significant accomplishment of earning their degrees,” said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr.

Henry Dargan McMaster of Columbia became the 117th Governor of South Carolina on January 24, 2017.

The son of attorney and former state representative John Gregg McMaster and Ida Dargan McMaster, Governor McMaster is a lifelong servant of the State of South Carolina, having previously served two years as lieutenant governor, eight years as attorney general and four years as United States attorney.  

McMaster was the first U.S. attorney appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. His “Operation Jackpot” investigation into international drug smuggling produced over 100 convictions.

As attorney general, McMaster made prosecution of criminal domestic violence a priority and harnessed the resources of law enforcement and prosecutors to crack down on child Internet predators. He extended the state grand jury’s jurisdiction to environmental and gang crimes and broadened its authority to include securities crimes following the collapse of Carolina Investors and Home Gold, convicting those responsible.

In 2003, McMaster issued a landmark opinion to protect our marsh islands from encroachment and later won the Life Sciences Act case in the South Carolina Supreme Court, which enhanced the state’s economic potential through its universities for research, development and investment in the knowledge-based economy. The governor was central to the fight against “Obamacare,” organizing and leading the states in their challenge against the law’s unconstitutional federal encroachment.

As lieutenant governor, McMaster served as president of the South Carolina State Senate and headed the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, which aids older adults with social, economic and health needs. In that capacity, he added senior services to the 2-1-1 system, connecting callers with support groups and services in their areas. He also established a “Senior Day” at the State House and strengthened the network of “senior ride” projects. AARP named McMaster a “Capitol Caregiver” for his policies to help seniors live independently at home.

In 2012, McMaster and former attorney general Travis Medlock led a bipartisan commission to reform ethics laws and restore the public’s trust in state government.

McMaster was chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party from 1993-2002, winning reelection three times. As state GOP chairman, he led the party to Republican majorities in South Carolina’s House and Senate.

Governor McMaster has served on the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the Palmetto Health Foundation Board and the South Carolina Policy Council (as chairman).  He is admitted to practice in all courts, state and federal, in South Carolina, as well as the U.S. Court of Claims (1974), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1975) and the Supreme Court of the United States (1978). Governor McMaster is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the state, and was named “Public Servant of the Year” by the Sierra Club and “National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” by The Humane Society of the United States.

McMaster received his A.B. degree in history in 1969 from the University of South Carolina and his J.D. degree in 1973 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served on the South Carolina Law Review. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves in the JAG Corps from 1969 to 1975.

Governor McMaster is married to Peggy McMaster, and they have two children, Henry D. McMaster, Jr. and Mary Rogers McMaster. They are members of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia.

                

 

 

Related Stories


Cline School of Music to present Seasons of Love
The Cline School of Music presents Seasons of Love: an Evening of Love Songs and Love Letters Feb. 13-14. 

Top 25 Online Christian Colleges And Universities Taps NGU
NGU ranks 25th and is the only SC university included in the ranking.

NGU Orchestra to Present Concert
Program to include NGU ROTC Cadets

Students to Perform Haydn's 'La Canterina'
The two-act opera will be directed by Dr. Cheryl Greene and will run Nov. 9-10  in Billingsley Theatre.

Bostick Crowned Miss NGU 2017
Valerie Bostick from Greenville named 2017 Miss North Greenville University

Sport Management Department Makes Attempt at World Record
Class project attempts to record the Guinness World Record for the human chain push-up

NGU and GSHRM Host 'Hiring Heroes' Lunch & Learn
Seminar to address strategies for creating veteran-friendly organizations.

University Announces Dean's List for Spring 2018
To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average while taking a minimum of 12 hours.