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Citadel News Service
23 Sep 2013

Lapointe appointed by Haley to Board of Visitors

McQuilla moving from BOV to SC Commission on Higher Education

Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed Greenville resident and 1985 Citadel graduate Greg A. Lapointe the newest member of The Citadel’s Board of Visitors, the college’s governing body.  Lapointe will serve a six-year term, replacing James M. McQuilla who has been appointed by the governor to a seat on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Lapointe, a 1993 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University, brings to the BOV 28 years’ experience in the banking industry.  He is currently employed at South Carolina Bank and Trust where he serves as executive vice president and Northern Group Banking president.

Lapointe has served on numerous boards and commissions including the executive committees of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Midlands Business Leadership Group and the Richland County Transportation Commission.  His son Jake is a sophomore at The Citadel.

“We thank Gov. Haley for appointing Greg Lapointe to The Citadel’s Board of Visitors,” said BOV Chairman Lt. Gen. W. Michael Steele.  “Greg brings to the BOV a valuable business and finance perspective that will help us to maximize The Citadel’s impact on the Lowcountry and South Carolina.”

Lapointe’s appointment to The Citadel’s BOV was made possible by Gov. Haley’s appointment of then-BOV member James M. McQuilla to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.  McQuilla, a 1988 graduate of The Citadel who in 1994 earned an MBA from Winthrop University, is chief executive officer of Professional Buyers Advantage.  He had served on the BOV since 2009.

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education serves as the state’s coordinating board for public higher education and strives to promote quality and efficiency in the state system of higher education with the goal of fostering economic growth and human development in South Carolina.

“James will be missed on the BOV where he served as chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.  His public and private sector experience combined with his passion for The Citadel made him an inspiring member of the BOV,” said Steele.  “He will be a tremendous asset to the CHE.”


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