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Director of South Carolina Department of Insurance resigns

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Staff Report
Published Dec. 29, 2011

A spokesman for Gov. Nikki Haley confirmed today that David Black has resigned as director of the S.C. Department of Insurance.

David Black
David Black
Black resigned Wednesday after 11 months on the job.

"Governor Haley is grateful for David Black's service to our state and to the agency,” said Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey in an email. “As director, Mr. Black led the (Department of) Insurance through the transition to a new administration and sought to make it a customer-friendly, pro-business agency.”

Godfrey added that Haley has named Gwen Fuller-McGriff as acting director of the agency pending the appointment of an interim director. Fuller-McGriff is the department’s director of legal, legislative and external affairs.

Black, former president and CEO of Greenville-based Liberty Life Insurance Co., reportedly notified the agency’s staff of his decision in an email Wednesday. Black, according to reports, did not say what led to his decision.

Black, a 30-year veteran of the insurance business, was named to the cabinet post on Jan. 20.

When he was named, Haley said Black would assist her cabinet in driving economic development in South Carolina.

Black’s career with Liberty Life spanned three decades. Before he moved into the CEO and president’s position, he served as general counsel for Liberty Life and counsel for The Liberty Corp., focusing on claims litigation, insurance regulation and employment law.

A 1979 graduate of Clemson University, Black is a member of the executive advisory board for the university’s College of Business and Behavioral Sciences. He also is on the advisory board of the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, and the agricultural advisory board for the Palmetto Institute.

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