Chairman appointed to Workforce Development Board

May 26, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina State Workforce Development Board has a new leader.

South Governor Henry McMaster announced he has appointed Donald R. Tomlin Jr. to serve as chairman of board.

“Don Tomlin’s reputation in South Carolina’s business community is second to none,” McMaster said in an announcement. “His experience and expertise in business and public service will be invaluable to the Workforce Development Board in fulfilling its mission of overseeing a systematic, statewide approach toward ensuring that South Carolina’s workforce remains one of the best in the world.”

“I am dedicated to working with other board members, board partners, and South Carolina employers and their current and future workforce to understand how the Department of Employment and Workforce can use its funding to create the most successful workforce for our state,” Tomlin said. “As incumbent, I plan to carefully research today’s needs of our employers and our workforce and to help direct this board’s resources and our state partners toward the optimum mix of soft skills and hard skills training.”

Tomlin has served for four years as the chairman of the board of the South Carolina State Housing, Finance and Development Authority.

Tomlin has also served as chairman of the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority, South Carolina’s principal tax free bond issuing agency, as well as a member of the S.C. Economic Coordinating Council, the agency that approves economic incentives for new job creation in the state.

He has also served as the chairman of Invest SC, the state’s Venture Capital Program, managing its $50 million-dollar investment portfolio.

Tomlin, a longtime South Carolina-based investor and entrepreneur, was born in Columbia and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

The mission of the State Workforce Development Board is “to create a competitive workforce advantage for South Carolina by ensuring that a quality and effective workforce system exists to improve the prosperity of businesses and the lives of South Carolinians.”

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