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McFadden to serve on DNR Board

By Reece Murphy

The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Nikki Haley’s appointment of Glenn McFadden to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Board.

As a member of DNR’s policy-making body, McFadden will represent South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, which includes Lancaster County. He will finish out the term of Randy Lowe of Hartsville, which ends in June 2014.

McFadden, who is Comporium’s chief operating officer, is a lifelong resident of Fort Lawn with deep ties to Lancaster. He is a member of the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s board of visitors.

Sen. Greg Gregory recommended McFadden when Haley asked for suggestions earlier this year.

“It was a surprise when Greg asked me to do it, and at first I tried to get out of it,” McFadden said. “But then I found out what it was all about, and they’re all things that are near and dear to my heart, so I agreed.

“I’m excited about it, really honored,” he said.

McFadden, 62, is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting big game, fishing, camping, hiking and mountain climbing. He also enjoys woodcarving wild fowl.

McFadden said he learned his love and respect for nature, in part, from his grandmother, Mattie McFadden, who lived with his family on the same farm he and his wife, JoAnn, still live on today.

McFadden said around the age of 10, his grandmother began saying, “Son, you are breathing air, eating food, taking resources from the earth ... what are you going to give back?’”

That simple question, repeated time and again, McFadden said, led him to build a bluebird house in the backyard, which turned into two bluebird houses and then led to a hobby in which he’s raised and given away more than 3,000 bluebird chicks over the years.

McFadden said the “hunting and fishing culture” of his family, friends and community also contributed to his lifelong appreciation for nature.

Gregory said when the governor asked him who should fill the 5th District seat, McFadden came immediately to mind.

“I’ve known Glenn for many years and heard him speak on a couple of occasions about some of his hunting and outdoors exploits,” Gregory said. “I think he’s the ideal candidate for the board because he has a tremendous love for our natural resources, and he also has experience managing large budgets through his job at Comporium.

“This is one of the most prestigious appointments to a state board,” he said. “I’m confident that Glenn will be an outstanding board member and (South Carolina) will be better off for his service.”

In addition to its policy-making duties, the state DNR board also oversees the agency’s $80 million budget and the personnel who manage it and the state’s natural resources, Gregory said.

McFadden said he’s grateful for Gregory’s support and confidence in him for the position.

McFadden’s service on the board begins March 20 with a workshop for board members. His first official meeting is April 25.

Having not yet attended a meeting, McFadden said he was hesitant to list specific issues he’d like to address as a board member, but said he does have an overarching goal for his time on the board.

“I want to do my best to protect the future resources of South Carolina for all the generations who are coming behind us,” McFadden said. “I want people to enjoy the natural resources we have today, and make sure we’re good stewards of the land so that our children, and their children can enjoy our natural heritage for years to come.

“I just want to help,” he said.

 

 Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151