UNION — James Carlisle Oxner III has been appointed by Gov. Henry McMaster to represent South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District on the seven-member South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Board. Oxner was chosen by Gov. McMaster and confirmed by the SC Senate in May. His term began Monday (July 1).
“We are very fortunate in that the Department of Natural Resources has a long history of outstanding board members who have worked hard to help this agency fulfill its mission of being the primary steward of South Carolina’s incredible — and incredibly valuable — natural resources,” said current SCDNR Board Chairman Norman Pulliam. “We appreciate the contributions made by previous members and look forward to working with our newest gubernatorial appointees.”
Oxner, 54, currently serves as Chairman and President of Arthur State Bank and Arthur Financial Corporation in Union. He also serves on the bank’s board of directors. He has been employed with Arthur State Bank since 1987. Oxner graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with majors in economics, real estate and insurance. He has also attended the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
As a resident of Union County, Oxner has served on numerous local boards, including twenty years spent with the Union County Development Board during which time he held the position of Chairperson multiple times. Presently, Oxner is Chairman of the Union County Planning Commission. In 1993, Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. named Oxner a South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development. In 2012, he received the prestigious honor of the South Carolina Order of the Silver Crescent from Governor Nikki Haley for his many years of community activism and volunteerism in Union County. Oxner and his wife, Kristin, reside in the town of Union, where they are members of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity.
“Maintaining our state’s diverse natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations is an incredibly important responsibility,” said SCDNR Director Alvin Taylor. “Our newest members’ backgrounds, professional skills and perspective will make them a valuable addition to our Board as we seek to fulfill that mission going forward.”
Oxner said Monday that he was honored to be appointed to the board and thanked those who recommended him for the position.
“It is an honor to have been appointed to serve the Fifth District by Governor McMaster,” Oxner said. “I would like to thank Senator Peeler and Chairman Norman Pulliam for recommending me as a board member.”
The governor appoints the members and chairman of the SCDNR Board, the policy-making body for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, with confirmation by the state Senate. One member is chosen to represent each of South Carolina’s seven congressional districts. The Board meets on a monthly basis to discuss and set policies for the agency, which is composed of five divisions: Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Marine Resources, Law Enforcement, Office of Support Services, and Land, Water and Conservation. For more information about the Department of Natural Resources Board, including dates and times for upcoming meetings, visit http://www.dnr.sc.gov/admin/board.html.