Leadership Columbia, a Columbia Chamber program, has graduated its 44th class.
The program's Class of 2017 consisted of 59 students, according to the Columbia Chamber. The Columbia Chamber and Leadership Columbia Advisory Board honored Austin Gawler with the Glenn Jacobus award, which is given each year to one student who demonstrates exceptional commitment to the class project and possesses amazing leadership skills.
“This year’s Chamber’s Leadership Columbia Class continued to raise the bar for our leadership development program,” Columbia Chamber President and CEO Carl Blackstone said. “The class members made a remarkable impact on our community through their class project – ‘WatermarkedSC’ the Lincoln Street tunnel beautification project.”
Leadership Columbia has been building community leaders for over 40 years. It is a 10-month program where existing and future leaders in the Midlands area are able to network and increase their civic knowledge. Each graduate was given a commemorative plaque.
“Leadership Columbia continues to be a premiere development program in our city and state,” Josh Elliott, the 2016-2017 chair of the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board, said. “Last year’s class raised the bar in terms of innovative thought and leadership, and I suspect this newly selected group of talented, passionate individuals will raise that bar even higher in the coming year.”