The Honorable Senator Fritz Hollings
Former U.S. Senator and former Governor Ernest F. Hollings is a Citadel and University of South Carolina graduate who has championed the cause of environment, science and public policy throughout his illustrious career in politics. He has sponsored laws to safeguard our coasts and oceans such as the Coastal Zone Management Act (1972). He is recognized as the legislative "father" of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He was instrumental in bringing NOAA marine laboratories to South Carolina, including the Hollings Marine Laboratory, and championed creation of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center, which is the only nationally designated cancer center in SC. Throughout his career, Senator Hollings was a strong supporter of technology as a means of maintaining US industrial competitiveness. For example, in 1975, he authored the Automobile Fuel Economy Act, the nation’s first standards to improve fuel efficiency and decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil. When he was governor, Senator Hollings championed the legislation to establish the state's technical education system and the public educational television network. In 1961, he declared “in our complex society, education is the cornerstone upon which economic development must be built”. His 1961 vision of using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education as cornerstones for economic sustainability, industrial competiveness, and quality of life are finally being realized.