Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has replaced the board which oversees South Carolina ETV.
Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey confirmed the decision Friday to WLTX.
"The governor believes we need to convert ETV and its functions to the private sector, and she is excited to have found a group of appointees who share her priorities and vision for ETV," Godfrey said in a written statement. "At a time we are attempting to return government to its core functions, we simply can't fund ETV with tax dollars."
Haley had said during her State of the State address in January that ETV funding would likely have to go away. The network of TV and radio station gets approximately $10 million a year in state funding.
Godfrey also released the names of the new members, and a brief description of who they are:
Dr. Brent Nelsen, Greenville -appointment to the At-large Chair seat with a term of 6/23/08 to 6/23/14. He took the expired seat of Robert Rainey of Anderson. Nelsen is chair of the political science department at Furman University. He received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and a PhD in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the President of the South Carolina Political Science Association and is an elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest.
Jill Kelso, Murrells Inlet - appointment to the 1st District seat with a term of 6/23/10 to 6/23/16. She took the expired seat of Christopher Drummond of Mt. Pleasant. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Elise Bidwell, Columbia - appointment to the 2nd District seat with a term of 6/23/10 to 6/23/16. She took the expired seat of David (Chris) Goodall of Columbia. Bidwell graduated with a B.S. from NC State and currently is a financial advisor at Edward Jones.
Zeda Homoki, Aiken - appointment to the 3rd District seat with a term of 6/23/06 to 6/23/12. She took the expired seat of William Self of Greenwood. Homoki has a B.S. from the University of Houston. She has lived in South Carolina for 7 years and is currently retired.
Joseph Millwood, Landrum - appointment to the 4th District seat with a term of 6/30/08 to 6/30/14. He took the expired seat of Wendell Cantrell of Spartanburg. Millwood graduated in 2005 from USC Upstate and is currently working toward his Master's degree. Millwood is former SC House member. He currently is a freelance writer for the Spartanburg Herald and The Tryon Daily Bulletin.
Rob McCoy, Heath Springs - appointment to the 5th District seat with a term of 6/23/10 to 6/23/16. He took the expired seat of Thomas Brown from Sumter. McCoy owns a small business , McCoy Motors out of Lancaster.
Nicole Holland, Columbia - appointment to the 6th District seat with a term of 6/30/08 to 6/30/14. She took the expired seat of Lee Gaillard from Charleston. She has a BA in Broadcast Journalism and African American Studies. She currently is the Director of Communications for the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court Solicitor's Office.