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Board member Miles Loadholt dies

Attorney, higher education advocate and University of South Carolina trustee Miles Loadholt passed away April 17 at the age of 81.

Two degrees from USC: A native of Fairfax, South Carolina, Loadholt earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of South Carolina in 1965 and his law degree from USC in 1968.

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Dedicated board service: Loadholt was appointed to the USC Board of Trustees in 1996 and served as chairman from 2008 to 2012. He served on two presidential search committees and was involved in planning for the university’s future capital campaign and building endowments. 

A supporter of higher education: Loadholt also served for more than 20 years on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and for more than 25 years on the executive committee of the Gamecock Club, which supports USC’s student-athletes. Along with his family, Loadholt established scholarships at USC Salkehatchie and USC Aiken.

The state’s highest honor: In 2002, he received the Order of the Palmetto for his contributions to education in South Carolina. 

Representing workers: Loadholt had a long and distinguished career at the Motley Rice firm in Barnwell, South Carolina, where he worked since the early 1970s. His areas of speciality included occupational injury and asbestos litigation, including hundreds of workers’ compensation cases, as well as business litigation. His portrait can be found in the law library of the University of South Carolina’s Joseph F. Rice School of Law.

Reflection from President Michael Amiridis: “Miles Loadholt was a two-time alumnus of USC and a true Gamecock who served his university with loyal devotion throughout his life. We are grateful for the gift of his long and wise leadership on the Board of Trustees, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”

Reflection from board Chairman Thad Westbrook: “We are saddened by the passing of our longtime friend and colleague. Through his years of board service and community engagement, Miles was a true leader who always put the interests of the university and the people of South Carolina first. We wish to share our deepest condolences with his friends, his wife, Ann, and the entire Loadholt family.”