By Liz Segrist
Published Oct. 23, 2015
Barely a month after Catherine Templeton was hired to oversee public relations and human resources operations at the S.C. State Ports Authority, she is leaving the agency, according to a statement released today. Her resignation is effective immediately.
Templeton started her role as senior vice president of legal, external affairs and human resources on Sept. 17. The board approved a $235,000 salary for Templeton during its September meeting.
“I am grateful that Catherine had the willingness to join our organization and give us the benefit of her expertise in her brief time with us. She is an extremely talented and energetic executive who has a lot to offer any firm,” Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said in the statement.
Templeton was hired to replace Barbara Melvin, the former senior vice president of external affairs, when Melvin became senior vice president of operations on Sept. 17.
Templeton’s new position was expanded to include oversight of human resources and legal, in addition to government affairs, communications and community grants.
Templeton’s hiring was announced last month as part of an agency restructuring plan. Newsome wanted to streamline his direct reports from six to five executives in an effort to improve the ports authority’s culture and operations.
Newsome said recently that he had begun talking with Templeton several months ago, and she expressed interest in joining the ports authority. Templeton, an employment lawyer, has a human resources background and experience running a government agency.
Following her hiring announcement, Newsome said: “This function has to be the keeper of the new culture. ... When I joined the port, I think the organization needed an external influence. I think now for us to have an external influence on our team is healthy,” Newsome said.
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