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McMaster names appointments to South Carolina Ports board

April 13, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster talks about vaccine distribution and abortion during a news conference in Columbia, S.C. McMaster has opened up COVID-19 vaccination to all of the state's residents ages 16 and up, saying Friday, March 26, that they could begin scheduling appointments next week and receive the vaccine starting March 31. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, file)
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster talks about vaccine distribution and abortion during a news conference in Columbia, S.C. McMaster has opened up COVID-19 vaccination to all of the state's residents ages 16 and up, saying Friday, March 26, that they could begin scheduling appointments next week and receive the vaccine starting March 31. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, file)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster has reappointed six people to the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors and named one new appointee.

The governor picked Greenville attorney Bill Coates to fill an at-large seat on the board, which governs the South Carolina Ports Authority, McMaster’s office said Tuesday. Coates’ seat was previously held by Kenneth Jackson, whose term expired in February.

The governor also reappointed Bill Stern, Willie Jeffries, Kurt Grindstaff, Whitemarsh Smith, Pamela Lackey, and Mark Buyck, Jr.

Each member of the board is appointed by the governor and must face confirmation by the state Senate. South Carolina’s secretaries of Commerce and Transportation sit as non-voting, ex-officio members.