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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Rev. Dr. Franklin Fant has been selected as the next CEO of the Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina.

Fant was selected after a national search by the board of trustees. He will begin work on June 1.

“Franklin brings a unique and diverse skillset to our organization,” board Chairman Jay Nexsen said. “He has a heart for people and a strong financial acumen.”

“I am humbled by the board’s decision to name me CEO of such a wonderful organization,” Fant said. “In 1958 we had only 20 residents, and now, thanks to leaders like our current CEO Kathy Ligon, PCSC cares for more than 950 residents across South Carolina. I know I have big shoes to fill, but I also know we have an experienced and compassionate team of staff members who are committed to our faith-based ministry.”

Fant currently serves as the PCSC director of foundation services and church relations. He is the former pastor at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church in Columbia and a former board member.

Prior to entering the ministry, Fant worked in accounting and consulting for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Columbia and KPMG LLP in Washington, DC.

He also served as assistant professor of finance at the University of New Hampshire and was a visiting scholar at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he worked for the chief economist.

Fant holds a B.S. in financial management from Clemson University, a Ph.D. in finance from Florida State University, and an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

In October of 2019, Communities President and CEO Kathy Ligon announced her impending retirement from the organization.

Ligon has served at PCSC for 33 years, with 13 of those as CEO.

Ligon praised the board’s decision.

“Franklin will be a wonderful shepherd of our excellent PCSC service team and a continued compassionate servant to our residents and the people who love them. I look forward to all God has planned for PCSC,” she said.

For more than 60 years, the communities have enriched the lives of seniors and their loved ones.

With six communities across the Palmetto State including one in Florence, the communities operate as a faith-based nonprofit with a strong tradition of mission-driven service.

The communities provide retirement lifestyles that meet today’s expectations for high quality within Life Plan communities, which include independent living in homes and apartments, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing, and Medicare-certified short-term rehabilitation.

They also provide home services and medical home health services for residents.

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