FOR RELEASE November 17, 2000
Citadel building dedicated to Senator Ernest F. Hollings
A new facility at The Citadel was officially dedicated today to honor one of the college's most distinguished alumni: Senator Ernest F. Hollings. In a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning, Citadel Board of Visitors Chairman Leonard Fulghum joined Senator and Mrs. Hollings in officially opening Hollings Hall. The 30,000-square foot building located on Hagood Avenue behind the John Monroe J. Holliday Alumni Center will be the new headquarters for the Charleston District of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Major General Milton Hunter, the Deputy Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was the featured speaker for the dedication. General Hunter thanked Senator Hollings for his support of the Corps of Engineers, saying "The Citadel and the Corps of Engineers have been so much a part of this state's past that it is fitting that there should be a partnership between the two for the future."
Senator Hollings said it was a great honor to have his name associated with a building on the campus that upholds the values of personal honor and public service.
A 1942 graduate of The Citadel, Senator Hollings is the fifth most senior member of the Senate and the fourth most senior Democrat. After serving in the Army during World War II and earning his law degree from the University of South Carolina, Hollings began his career in public service at the age of 26. He was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. In his second term, Hollings' peers voted him Speaker Pro Tempore, a post to which he was re-elected in 1953.
Two years later, he became Lieutenant Governor. In 1958, recognizing his leadership, achievements and dedication to public service, the people of South Carolina elected him governor. At age 36, Hollings was the youngest man to serve in the state's highest office during the 20th Century.
In 1966, South Carolinians elected Hollings to the United States Senate, an office to which he has been re-elected five times. He is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the senior member of the Senate Budget Committee. He is also the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary and serves as the third ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.