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Colonel Gene Pinson

Colonel Gene PinsonBackground
While employed in manufacturing, health care, and real estate, Colonel Pinson has gained a wealth of knowledge about people, management, and finances. This knowledge has served him well in both the private and public sectors. For more than 26 years, he has served in an elected public office while continuing to work in private enterprises. Those offices include the Greenwood County Council (6 years), the Greenwood 50 School Board (10 years), and the South Carolina State House of Representatives for House District 13 (10 years). Assisting in budgetary decisions for Greenwood County, joining other school board members in deciding curriculum, personnel, and facilities decisions, and working with members of the General Assembly to adopt legislation for South Carolina have provided invaluable experiences for Colonel Pinson in preparation to become a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors. His years in the South Carolina National Guard, as well as his tenure as the Greenwood County Veterans Affairs Officer, inculcated in him a passion for honoring and protecting the United States of America. How fitting it is for him to return, as a member of the Board of Visitors, to the college that basically initiated that passion.

Board Service

  • Elected by the South Carolina General Assembly, 2013; current term, 2019 to 2025
  • Communications and Community Relations Committee, Vice Chair
  • Education and Leadership Development Committee, Vice Chair
  • Operations and Risk Management Committee, Member
  • Strategy, Vision and Governance Committee, Member

Citadel Activities and Affiliations

  • The Citadel Alumni Association, Lifetime Member
  • The Citadel Brigadier Club
  • The Citadel Foundation (Pinson Scholarship in honor of his father, Class of 1931)
  • The Greenwood Citadel Club

Other Board Affiliations

  • American Legion, Post 20, Former Commander
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Greenwood Retired Officers Association
  • Crossroads Crisis Center, Vice Chair


  • B.A. History, The Citadel, 1972
  • Graduate studies, Clemson and Liberty Universities
  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff College


  • Married to Carol Metger Pinson
  • Children: Brian (Graduate of The Citadel 2001), Emily (Graduate of The Citadel Graduate College 2006), Neal (Graduate of The Citadel 2004)
  • Six grandchildren
  • South Main Street Baptist Church, Choir Member, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon
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