The University of South Carolina Salkehatchie and the Western Carolina Higher Education Commission (WCHEC) recognized Mr. F. Holbrook Platts for 40 years of service to the university, the commission and the Salkehatchie community at its recent commencement ceremony.
Mr. Reid Boylston, chair of the Western Carolina Higher Education Commission, presented Mr. Platts with a plaque commemorating his service. "During his 40 years of service, the commission experienced many challenges and opportunities,” Boylston said. “His leadership has been invaluable and allows USC Salkehatchie to continue to thrive.”
Platts represented Hampton County on the WCHEC board since 1983, during which USC Salkehatchie’s enrollment grew to a high of 1,200 students. He served in many roles on the commission, including his most recent role as secretary. Along with his wife, Martha, Platts established an endowed scholarship that is awarded annually to a Hampton County resident, allowing many students to benefit from their generosity.
“Mr. Platts has played an integral role in USC Salkehatchie’s growth and success. His 40-year contribution is indicative of his dedication and unwavering support of USC Salkehatchie, our students, faculty, staff, and local communities. We are honored to recognize Mr. Platts for his commitment and loyalty. We wish him the best,” said April Cone, dean of USC Salkehatchie.
Mr. Platts will retire from the WCHEC board in June.