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; four appointed members are legislatively mandated, appointed by a combination of the Speaker of the House, Senate Pro Tem and Senate Finance Chairman; one member is appointed by The Adjutant General; and 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.
•Ray E. Chandler, Chairman
•Wayne Adams, Vice Chairman
•Darwin H. Simpson
•Edwin S. Taylor
•Zeb C. Williams
•Mayor Billy Swails, Ex Officio
In each newsletter, we will introduce a member (or members) of our Board. Our next profile is of Vice Chairman Wayne Adams. In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of the PPDA Board, Mr. Adams also serves as Chairman of the PPDA Board Development Committee and as a member of the Education and Museum Committee.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Mr. Adams is founder and CEO of The Adams Group, a strategic marketing firm headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. Adams is also an adjunct professor in the University of South Carolina School of Journalism & Mass Communications teaching courses in Strategic Brand Development and Advertising Campaign Strategy. He is past president of the Columbia Advertising and Marketing Federation and the Advertising Agency Network International, a network of advertising agencies throughout North America. He is recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest honor. Adams has served as president of Leadership Columbia Alumni Association and a director for the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He was a member the transition team for President George H.W. Bush and has served on the boards of the South Carolina American Cancer Society, the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, and as a member of the Columbia YMCA Development Council.