The South Carolina state government had a real presence on the BJU campus on Thursday, Sept. 19, with State Treasurer Curtis Loftis and State Attorney General Alan G. Wilson both speaking to students throughout the day.
Loftis, who was hosted by Dr. Erin Hutton, a faculty member in BJU’s School of Business, spoke to two sections of Foundations of Economics, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Loftis shared his background and gave his views on how students can best prepare for the workplace during their college years.
Loftis began his career in the business world, while also personally funding mission work overseas in Bolivia, Ukraine, Moldova and other countries. In his tenure as treasurer, his highest priority has been openness and honesty with the voters.
“Transparency and accountability are the two most important things for me,” Loftis said. “It is very important that citizens have the confidence that when we spend money, it is with their best interests at heart.”
S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson was invited to speak at BJU’s Pre-law Form Thursday evening by Mr. Randy Page, BJU’s director of public relations, and Ethan Sanders, a BJU student who helped organize the forum. The audience for the speech included students and faculty as well as members of the local community.
Wilson, a native South Carolinean, graduated from Francis Marion University and attended law school at the University of South Carolina. He also worked in the Drug Enforcement Administration and as a field artillery officer in the Army, before entering the legal field. He was elected as the nation’s youngest attorney general in January of 2011.
Wilson, a Christian, emphasized the role of every citizen in becoming actively involved in government and community service. “I encourage you all to not just be involved, but to be committed,” he said.