Former pastor, businessman to lead Presbyterian Communities of S.C.
After conducting a national CEO search, the Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina Board of Trustees has selected the Rev. Dr. Franklin Fant as its new president and chief executive officer. He will officially take over the position June 1.
PCSC operates six retirement communities, including one in Florence.
“Franklin brings a unique and diverse skillset to our organization,” said PCSC Chairman of the Board Jay Nexsen. “He has a heart for people and a strong financial acumen.”
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 PCSC board member.
Prior to entering the ministry, Fant worked in accounting and consulting for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Columbia and KPMG, LLP in Washington, D.C. He also served as an assistant professor 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 bachelor’s degree in financial management from Clemson University, a Ph.D. in finance from Florida State University, and master of divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.
“I am humbled by the Board’s decision to name me CEO of such a wonderful organization,” said Fant. “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.”
In October of 2019, PCSC 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. She has led the organization through a tremendous season of growth, including the 2018 acquisition of The Laurel Crest Retirement Community in West Columbia, and the construction of an 88-bed Health and Rehabilitation Center completed in 2018 at The Village at Summerville.
Ligon praised the PCSC 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.