Additions Announced for Santa Elena Foundation Board of Directors

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For Immediate Release
October 5, 2015

Beaufort, SC – The Santa Elena Foundation announces that Mr. Greg Dyson, Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp and Dr. Martha Moriarty are the three newest members of the Board of Directors, and each brings a skillset, background and passion that will be uniquely beneficial to advancing the mission of the Santa Elena Foundation.

Gregory W. Dyson, Lt. Col U.S.Army (retired), has been a businessman in Beaufort County since 1990. He holds business degrees from The Citadel (BS) and Boston University (MS). Greg and his wife Sarah reside on Lady’s Island. They have been active in many local civic and charitable organizations for the past 25 years to include the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry, United Way, YMCA, Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation, Boy Scouts, Friends of the Beaufort County Library, Rotary Club of Beaufort, and The Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort.

Lieutenant General Jack W. Klimp served in the United States Marine Corps for thirty-three years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. degree and also holds M.A. degrees in Public Administration and National Security and Strategic Studies. During his career in the Marine Corps, he held multiple command and staff positions including operational tours in Vietnam, Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Somalia where he commanded Task Force Mogadishu. From 1993 to 1995 we was the Commanding General here at Parris Island. Since retirement from the Marine Corps he has led a number of non-profit organizations as President and CEO. These included drug rehabilitation programs at Phoenix House and Second Genesis, two trade associations, the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association and the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and a veteran advocacy organization, the National Association for Uniformed Services. General Klimp comes to the Santa Elena Foundation having sat as a board member of numerous non-profit boards of directors.

Dr. Martha A. Moriarty is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Her responsibilities include managing a number of academic initiatives including new academic degree program development and directing institutional effectiveness for the university. She serves on a number of university committees and is the Institutional Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Prior to her position as Associate Vice Chancellor, she worked for the University of South Carolina Graduate School, serving as the Associate Director of the Extended Graduate Campus and the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program on the Historic Beaufort Campus. Dr. Moriarty has served on numerous accreditation committees for the SACSCOC, has consulted with a number of institutions on accreditation issues, and has presented at regional conferences.
The mission of the Santa Elena Foundation is the discovery, preservation, and promotion of the “Lost Century” of European colonization through the international story of Santa Elena, the 16th Century la Florida settlement that became the colonial Spanish capital in present-day United States. The Foundation is currently focused on establishing the Santa Elena History Center at 1501 Bay Street, planning celebrations for the upcoming 450th anniversary, and continuing research, archaeology and educational outreach.