‘She wants to make a difference’
School Foundation honors Snowden as distinguished graduate
“Overwhelming” and “humbling” were the two words that came to mind for Nancy C.G. Snowden as she stepped to the podium after being introduced as the 2019 Distinguished Graduate during the School Foundation’s 18th annual Celebration Gala Oct. 22 at Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology Building.
The theme of the 2019 gala was “Entrepreneurship: The Bridge to Success.”
Snowden, a 1973 West Florence High School graduate, is the chief executive officer and founder of NCGS, Inc., a contract research organization that functions as a high-level professional consultant to the healthcare industry. The company, founded in 1984, is based out Charleston.
Since its inception, NCGS has supported the approval of 80 products to get on the market, affecting millions of people.
In 2017, Charleston Business Magazine named Snowden as one of the 50 most influential people in Charleston.
“We are thrilled to honor Nancy as our 2019 distinguished graduate,” said Debbie Hyler, executive director of The School Foundation. “Nancy’s vision to improve the lives of countless individuals through clinical research is truly a testament that goals can be attained by hard work and dedication.”
In introducing her good friend, Trident Technical College President Mary Thornley praised Snowden for the contributions she and her company have made to many charities and organizations, including Trident Technical College, the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society. “She believes in education,” Thornley said.
She wants to make a difference on this planet.”
In a video presentation, Jennifer Snowden said “tenacity” is one of her mother’s favorite words. She described her mother as a “self-made and driven person who inspires other people to be their best.”
As its 2019 Distinguished Graduate, the School Foundation presented Snowden with a beautiful Waterford vase.