Kaye Koonce

KoonceKaye Lingle Koonce recently retired as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina where she has also served as Trident’s Dean of the Public Service Division and as a Department Chair in the Business Division. Prior to her tenure at TTC, she was a special prosecutor for child rape cases in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar, U.S. 4th District Court Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

 Former Governor Jim Hodges appointed Ms. Koonce Chairman of the S.C. Human Affairs Commission in November of 1999. She served as Chair until her resignation in January of 2003. She also served on the Education Committee of Governor Hodges’ Transition Team.

 Ms. Koonce has also served on the National Association of College and University Attorneys Board of Directors and she has been active in NACUA for over 20 years. She is an Alumnus of the South Carolina Executive Institute and she served for several years on the Institute’s faculty. She currently serves on the Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corporation Board. Her prior community service includes membership on the Charleston City Election Commission, the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Charleston Civic Ballet and the South Carolina Counsel of Conflict Resolution Board of Directors.

 Ms. Koonce received an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri. She served as a state Public Relations and Field Director for the March of Dimes prior to attending law school. Her law degree is from the University of South Carolina. She frequently speaks on higher education law and other topics including sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and governance issues for non-profit boards and commissions. She serves as a pro bono mediator through the South Carolina Budget and Control Board.

 Ms. Koonce began working with boards and commissions in South Carolina in 1982 under a Kellogg foundation grant designed to improve boardmanship and community service. Her focus has been governance models, standards of practice, and legal liability issues. Since 1998, Ms. Koonce has served as a consultant, trainer and facilitator for several colleges and non-profit boards and for the American Community College Trustees at regional and national conferences and workshops. Ms. Koonce has served on the faculty for NPLI since it’s inception.

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