Skip to Content

21st Annual Townes Award Dinner

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 10:15am

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) Foundation is hosting its annual fundraiser and STEM-education celebration: “Keep on Dreaming” The 21st Annual Townes Award Dinner, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Columbia Marriott, 6 p.m.

The event’s keynote address will be given by Dan DiMicco, Executive Chairman of Nucor Corporation. DiMicco, who recently transitioned to Executive Chairman, served as CEO of Nucor for more than twelve years, longer than anyone since company founder Ken Iverson.
The 2013 Townes Award recipient is the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. Previous Townes Award recipients include: Governor Carroll A. Campbell Jr., Charles W. Coker, The Honorable Richard W. Riley, Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr., Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, Former Senator Ernest F. Hollings, The Honorable Robert W. Harrell Jr., Mr. Harris E. DeLoach, Ms. Darla Moore, The Honorable Hugh K. Leatherman and Mr. Ed Sellers.

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville is a newly-founded, four-year medical program of USC, and represents a partnership between the state's largest University, USC, and the state's largest public hospital, The Greenville Hospital System. Accepting the award on behalf of the school will be Dr. Jerry R. Youkey, Executive Vice President of Medical and Academic Affairs, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) and Dean, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville; Michael Riordan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS); and Dr. Harris Pastides, President, University of South Carolina.

GSSM presents the Townes Award, named for Dr. Charles H. Townes, South Carolina native and Furman graduate who won the Nobel Laureate in physics, annually to businesses, institutions and individuals who take innovation to a higher level in areas of research, development, technology and business in the Palmetto State.

"USC and Greenville Hospital have followed their collective dream of bringing a world-class medical school to the Upstate," says Kim Bowman, CEO of the GSSM Foundation. "The persistence behind their dream is inspiring. This year’s Townes Award Dinner is dedicated to all of the dreams that make the Palmetto State ‘the place to be’. And we want to encourage our business and political leaders, as well as GSSM’s students and alumni to keep on dreaming!"

Tickets to the event are $165 for the general public and $135 for Business Leadership Network members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 803.252.9152.

Back to news