Lander University will confer approximately 270 degrees during its spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m. in Finis Horne Arena.
The commencement speaker will be Kevin Marsh, chairman and chief executive officer with SCANA Corporation, a $9-billion energy-based holding company that has brought power and fuel to homes in the Carolinas and Georgia for 170 years.
Marsh began his career with Deloitte & Touche Certified Public Accountants in Columbia. He joined South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), the principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, as group manager of technical accounting in 1984 and was named the firm’s vice president and controller in 1989. Since then, he has served in the capacity of vice president of corporate planning of SCE&G and vice president of finance, treasurer and controller of SCANA Corporation. In 1996, he was named vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of SCANA, and he became senior vice president in 1998.
In addition to his duties as SCANA’s CFO, from October 2001 to March 2003 he served as president and chief operating officer of PSNC Energy, the company’s natural gas distribution company headquartered in Gastonia, N.C. He became president of SCE&G in 2006, and president and chief operating officer (COO) of SCANA Corporation in January 2011. He assumed responsibilities as chairman and CEO in December 2011.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Marsh serves on the board of Columbia College, Citizens for Sound Conservation, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). He is a past board member of First Citizens Bancorporation of South Carolina, Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter, Junior Achievement of South Carolina, and Epworth Children's Home.
For the graduation ceremony, the university will enforce a clear-bag policy, and guests will be allowed to bring one clear backpack/bag or one small clutch (approximately the size of a hand), subject to search. Exceptions will be made for guests with medically necessary items.
Families and guests are encouraged to arrive early to allow time for security and seating. The doors to the Finis Horne Arena will close 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. Late-arrivers and those without tickets may watch the ceremony in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center auditorium on closed-circuit TV. A live-stream of the ceremony will also be available on the university’s website, www.lander.edu, beginning shortly before 11 a.m. that morning.