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An Order of Distinction: Lander VP receives highest state honor

February 27, 2009
Adam Taylor
Adam Taylor, Lander University Class of 1987, received the Order of the Palmetto during a Laurens County Chamber of Commerce meeting in January. Taylor served as the District 16 representative to the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1999 to 2008. He is now Lander's vice president for University Advancement and executive director of The Lander Foundation. Pictured, from left, are: Dr. Daniel Ball, Lander president and Taylor.
Lining a shelf in Adam Taylor's office at Lander University are South Carolina legislative manuals for each of the eight years his father, David S. Taylor, was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and for the 12 years he served in the South Carolina Senate. Below that is a shelf containing the manuals for Adam Taylor's 10 years as a member of the House from District 16. The display is a testament to the Taylors' commitment to the state of South Carolina.

In January, Adam Taylor was recognized for his commitment when he was presented the state's highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto. A 1987 Lander graduate, he is Lander's vice president for University Advancement and executive director of The Lander Foundation.

In a letter conferring the distinction, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford wrote, "This award is in recognition of all you have done to better our part of the world over the years. As a member of the House of Representatives since 1999, you have served the citizens of South Carolina with excellence."

Sanford commended Taylor for his assignment on the House Ways and Means Committee, his service on the Board of Directors of the Laurens YMCA and his service on the Laurens County Literacy Council. As a member of the House of Representatives, Taylor also served as a majority whip, assistant majority leader and secretary-treasurer of the House Republican Caucus.

Taylor served as the District 16 representative for the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1999 to 2008. He left his position with the legislature to join the administration at Lander.

Taylor's father was presented with the Order of the Palmetto for his service to the state in May 1997.