Beaufort News

Lamkin elected chairman of United Way board

Elizabeth Lamkin of Hilton Head Island has been elected chairman of the United Way of the Lowcountry's board of directors, filling a position previously held by Beaufort banker Scott Stowe, who died unexpectedly Aug. 29, the organization announced Wednesday.

Lamkin moves into the United Way of the Lowcountry's leadership position on the eve of its 2011 community fundraising kick-off.

"Scott Stowe cannot truly be replaced, but sometimes we are asked to step up and do our special part for our community," said Lamkin, who has served on the United Way of the Lowcountry's board since 2006. "This year the campaign is about each one of us stepping up in his honor."

Lamkin, who was elected unanimously, is CEO of PACE Healthcare Commons LLC. She previously worked as market president of Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, and prior to that held executive positions at other hospitals. She holds an undergraduate degree in business and a master's degree in healthcare administration, both from the University of South Carolina.

Lamkin is married to Randy Lamkin, a sociology professor at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

United Way of the Lowcountry, which serves Beaufort and Jasper counties, launches this year's fundraising campaign this morning at Pinckney Hall in Sun City.

The goal for the campaign will be announced and companies that lead the effort will be recognized during the ceremony. Those companies run early campaigns in the workplace that give a jump-start to fundraising in the rest of the community.

The mission of United Way of the Lowcountry is "to mobilize resources to meet human needs," according to a news release from the organization.

Contributions are distributed among 32 charities and 42 programs in Beaufort and Jasper counties and are aimed at improving education, health and nutrition, and income and housing.