The Patriots Point Development Authority (PPDA) Board, in conjunction with the Patriots Point Executive Director, is responsible for the long-term planning and day-to-day management of the agency, including the museum and all of its ancillary services. This includes stewardship of over 350 acres of property on Charleston Harbor, much of which is currently under lease for a golf course, a hotel, and a collegiate athletic complex.
The PPDA Board is made up of nine members. Selection of three members of the Board, including its chairman, is at the discretion of the governor. Five appointed members are appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of a combination of the Speaker of the House, Senate Pro Tem; Senate Finance Chairman; Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee; and The Adjutant General. The Mayor of the Town of Mount Pleasant serves as an ex-officio member. This Board meets regularly to approve strategic planning initiatives, revisions to development plans and contracts, long-term leases, etc.
The executive director, reporting to the Board of Directors and working closely with its chairman, is responsible for long-term planning and day-to-day management of the agency, including the museum and all of its ancillary services.
PPDA Board Members Include
•Ray E. Chandler, Chairman
•Wayne Adams, Vice Chairman
•Lin Bennett •Susan Marlowe
•Darwin H. Simpson
•Edwin S. Taylor
•Zeb C. Williams
•Mayor Billy Swails, Ex Officio
Col. Williams has been assigned to IJC Afghanistan (International Security Assistance Force Joint Command) at Camp Stone in Western Afghanistan. Camp Stone is adjacent to Camp Zafar – headquarters of the Afghan National Army (ANA) 207th ANA Corps.
Over the course of his 12-month deployment, Col. Williams will serve as U.S. legal mentor to the 207th ANA Corps Staff Judge Advocate – focusing on rule of law and military justice issues. He expressed his hope that this work will strengthen the foundation for credibility regarding the Afghan National Army’s ability to follow the rule of law and to zealously prosecute offenders.
In addition to his duties on the PPDA Board, Col. Williams serves as a member of the South Carolina Army National Guard and is the Senior Legal Counsel for the South Carolina Legislative Council. This is his third tour to Afghanistan. He deployed previously in 2007 and 2009.