March 21
F. Hugh Atkins Becomes Chairman of SC Department of Transportation Commission

South Carolina Department of Transportation Commissioner F. Hugh Atkins has become Chairman of the Commission, succeeding Bobby T. Jones whose term has expired.


            Atkins, of Spartanburg, has represented the 4th Congressional District as an SCDOT Commissioner since 2006. He previously served on the Commission from 1998 to 2002 and was named Vice Chairman earlier this year.


Atkins fills the Chairman post held by Jones, of the 5th Congressional District, since August 2007. A three-term commissioner, Jones’ term expired Thursday, March 20.


            A graduate of Clemson University, Atkins has in the past 40 years served in leadership positions in the Real Estate industry, including as President of Spartanburg and South Carolina Homebuilders Associations, president of the Spartanburg Board of Realtors and Director of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, where he served as chairman of the Chamber’s Transportation Committee.


In 1995, he received the state’s highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto, recognizing his many years of service on various boards and commissions, including as chairman of the Spartanburg County Planning and Development Commission, chairman of the Permanent Advisory Council, State Development Board, Clemson University Board of Visitors, Spartanburg Technical Education Commission, and others.


In 2002, Atkins received the South Carolina Homebuilder’s Keystone Award for lifetime dedication to the homebuilding industry.


Atkins is married to the former Nettie Allgood, and they have two daughters, Lanette and Melody.

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