Colleton Center adds three members to board of directors | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 15, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: September 13, 2017 at 10:54 am
Three new members have recently been elected to The Colleton Center’s Board of Directors — Diane Polk, Rick Hawkins and Senator Margie Bright Matthews.
Polk, vice president of Enterprise Bank of S.C., was born and raised in Colleton County. She is a lifelong member of Doctor’s Creek Baptist Church in Walterboro and has served on Doctor’s Creek Stewardship Finance Committee for 30 years. A graduate of Leadership Colleton, Polk has served on the board of directors for the American Institute of Banking (Edisto Regional Committee), providing numerous training seminars and activities for South Carolina banks. She also served as president and member of the American Heart Association, supporting Colleton County with numerous projects and activities; a member of the former Exchange Club of Walterboro; and the Coastal Electric Cooperative Trust Board from 2008-2013. She is also a current member of Women in Rural Electrification (WIRE) at Coastal Electric Cooperative, where she served as president for three years. Polk lives in Ruffin with her husband, Bill.
Hawkins, a native of Mount Pleasant, graduated from General William Moultrie High School and Newberry College with a BA in history. His work experience includes senior vice president and head of Brown & Brown Insurance office, Charleston, and executive vice president and head of Palmetto Moon Insurance office, Daniel Island. He is currently vice president of Coastal Underwriters, Brunswick, Ga., South Carolina Operations.
Hawkins has served as president of the Insurance Agents and Brokers of Greater Charleston Association and on the advisory boards of several insurance companies. While living in Mt. Pleasant, Hawkins was a member of the Town of Mt. Pleasant Historical Board and served as S.C. state treasurer of Ducks Unlimited. He serves on the Vestry of St. Jude’s Church, and lives in Green Pond with his wife, Barbara.
Sen. Margie Bright Matthews, a lifetime resident of Walterboro, will serve as an honorary board member of the center, along with Rep. Robert Brown. Bright Matthews graduated from Walterboro High School and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of South Carolina, as well as her juris doctor from USC’s School of Law.
She was the president of the Colleton County Bar Association from 2007-2015; a former member of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Bar Association; a former member of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice; a state delegate to the America Association for Justice; a member of the S.C. Women Lawyers Association; and a member Walterboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
After being admitted to the S.C. Bar in 1989, Bright Matthews became an associate at McLeod, Fraser & Cone. Then in 1992, she started her own law firm, the Bright Matthews Law Firm, LLC. Bright Matthews was elected to the South Carolina Senate in 2015 to fill the vacancy in Senate District 45, following the death of Sen. Clementa Pinckney. She was reelected to the position in 2016 and currently serves as the chairman of the Colleton County Legislative Delegation. Bright Matthews is married to Patrick Matthews and has four daughters.
Other Colleton Center board members are Karla Daddieco, Diane Downey, Grey Holmes, Sabrina Johnson, Tracy Johnson (current chair), Kathie R. Smith and honorary member, Rep. Robert L. Brown. Jean Harrigal serves as part time executive director.
As a component of their strategic planning process, The Colleton Center Board and staff recently conducted surveys of community residents, sponsors, and partners to prepare for future activities, events and programs to be held when the renovations of the historic auditorium and building on Hampton Street are completed in the spring of 2018.
The mission of the Colleton Center, a 501c(3) organization, is to provide for the renovation and preservation of the Hampton Street School; to develop a premiere arts and civic center; to sponsor and present arts and educational performances and events; and to provide low-cost studio space for the use of artists in pursuing their chosen media — all in order to serve the interests and talents of the diverse Lowcounty residents and visitors.
“The Colleton Center Board and staff invite everyone to take part in the arts!” said executive director Jean Harrigal.