GSSM to Honor U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

March 10, 2015

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) will honor U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham during the 23rd Annual Townes Award Dinner, 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the downtown Columbia Marriott.

The Townes Award, named for the late Dr. Charles H. Townes, South Carolina native and Furman graduate who won the Nobel Prize in physics, is presented annually to businesses, institutions and individuals, like Dr. Townes, who take aspirations of innovation and leadership to a higher level in the areas of research, development, technology, business or public service.

“Senator Graham’s aspirational leadership is evident in everything he does,” says Kim Bowman, GSSM Foundation CEO. “He has dedicated his life toward serving our country through his work in Congress and in the military. Not only is he engaged, committed and impactful in the work he does for the betterment of South Carolina, but no one loves this state more than he does. We are proud to honor him.”

Graham was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002 and re-elected in 2008, garnering more than one million votes and becoming the top vote-getter in South Carolina history. In the U.S. Senate, Graham has earned a reputation as a leader who gets things done, a respected conservative and a creative problem-solver. Closer to home, Graham has led cuts in spending, reforming entitlements and job creation. In addition to his public service, Senator Graham has achieved the rank of colonel through his committed service in the U.S. Air Force, National Guard and Air Force Reserves.

The event’s keynote address will be given by David T. Seaton, chairman and CEO of Fluor Corporation, one of the world's leading and largest engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services companies. Since joining the company in 1984, Seaton has held numerous positions and led the company’s global business activities in the upstream, downstream, pipeline, offshore, gas processing, oil and gas production, chemicals, integrated petrochemical and petroleum refining industries.

Tickets to the event are $175 for the general public and $145 for Business Leadership Network members. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803.252.9152.

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