State Rep. Pendarvis, Three Other Lowcountry Residents Graduate in 40th Anniversary Class of Leadership South Carolina

Brent Arant/State Rep. Marvin Pendarvis

Brent Arant/State Rep. Marvin Pendarvis

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Four Charleston-area residents are among the newest graduates of Leadership South Carolina, the state’s oldest and most-respected leadership development organization. The 44 members of the organization’s 40th anniversary class were honored at a Sept. 9 ceremony at The Lace House on the Governor’s Mansion complex. Graduation, usually held in April, was postponed when activities were suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Class of 2020 graduates from the Charleston area include State Rep. Marvin Pendarvis; Brent Arant, an attorney with the Joye Law Firm in North Charleston; Lauren Campbell of Mount Pleasant, an analyst with Pinnacle Financial Partners which operates banks in the Carolinas, Virginia and Tennessee and Shawn Saulsberry, an advisor in finances and business transformation with Ernst and Young in Charleston.


For four decades Leadership South Carolina has inspired new generations of leaders in the only leadership program dealing with issues facing the entire state. Candidates demonstrating exceptional commitment to their communities are selected yearly from more than 300 applicants for the eight-month program. Participants attend three-day sessions throughout the state exploring issues including economic development, education, natural resources and social issues. They also attend the group’s annual legislative day each spring at the Statehouse. Leadership South Carolina’s almost 2,000 graduates include former governors and statewide and local elected officials as well as leaders in business, education and of non-profits. In recent years class projects have raised more than a half-million dollars for everything from drop-out prevention and senior care to fostering literacy and combating hunger.

The 2020 class project raised more than $11,000 to improve the dental health of underserved students in rural South Carolina. Kits containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and oral health brochures are being distributed to 10,000 students in 24 schools in Allendale, Hampton, Summerton, Dillon and Manning in the economically challenged area of the state known as the Corridor of Shame.

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