Gov. Henry McMaster appointed Spartanburg attorney John B. White Jr. to chair the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank board, filling an Upstate void on the powerful seven-member body.
White replaces Vincent G. Graham of Mount Pleasant as chairman. Graham was appointed chairman in 2015 by then-Gov. Nikki Haley.
“The term of office for the chair position is coterminous with the governor who makes the appointment,” Brian Symmes, McMaster’s press secretary, said in a statement. “Governor McMaster appreciates Mr. Graham’s service. The governor felt the bank would benefit from an Upstate representative, and has the highest confidence in Mr. White’s ability to work with statewide leadership to secure our state’s economic prosperity.”
White, an attorney with Harrison, White, Smith, and Coggins, challenged state Sen. Tom Corbin unsuccessfully for the District 5 seat. His father founded The Beacon Drive-In, a Spartanburg landmark.
Neither White nor Graham could be reached for comment.
Greenville developer Bo Aughtry had been the Upstate’s only representative on the bank board, but House Speaker Jay Lucas recently replaced him with H.B. “Chip” Limehouse of Charleston.
Lucas had appointed Aughtry to the board a year ago to replace Max Metcalf of Greenville.
The SCTIB provides loans and other financial assistance for building and improving highway and transportation facilities needed for public purposes, including economic development.
“There’s nobody on the board currently from the Upstate,” Aughtry said in December. “That’s why I agreed to go on [the board] in the first place, honestly, so that we would be represented. And I do believe that’s important — to have regional representation.”