Lexington County is searching for a new director of economic development.
Chuck Whipple, who held that position since 2006, is now the director of Midlands Technical College’s Enterprise Campus, a state-of-the-art industrial park that provides students with hands-on access to business technology and training. Whipple’s Midlands Tech tenure began on Tuesday, college spokesman Todd Gavin confirmed in an email.
An advertisement for the director of economic development position on Lexington County’s online application system specified an application deadline of July 22. A message left seeking an update on the position with the county administrator’s office was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.
In February 2016, Whipple was named chairman of the Southern Economic Development Council, the region’s oldest and largest economic development association with 1,010 members from 17 states.
Whipple is a graduate of South Carolina State University and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He has been directly involved in more than $7.5 billion in various finance and economic development transactions across South Carolina and throughout the world, according to his bio on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Investment Advisory Council website.
Whipple is the former president of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association and is a graduate of the S.C. Economic Development Advanced Symposium and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, where he is a faculty member. He also chairs the board of directors for the S.C. State University Advancement Foundation.