FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Congressman Tom Rice and long-time university employee Rannie Gamble will receive honorary degrees at Francis Marion University's fall commencement on Saturday. Rice will also be the commencement speaker.
Congressman Rice was elected to serve the newly formed seventh Congressional District of South Carolina in 2012. He won re-election in 2014. The seventh district, which was formed after S.C. gained an additional congressional seat following the 2010 Census, includes: Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marlboro and Marion counties.
Rice, a Republican, sits on the House Committee on the House Ways and Means Committee and on the Oversight, Social Security and Human Resources subcommittees. Prior to winning a congressional seat, Rice served as chair for the Horry County Commission.
Gamble, the administrative manager/senior administrative associate for the FMU Provost's Office, served the university for over 32 years and manages the general operations of the Provost's Office, works closely with department chairs, deans, faculty and students. Gamble earned the John J. Kispert Leadership Award in 2014 and the Outstanding Staff Service Award in 2000 from FMU.
Commencement begins at 10 a.m. Saturday December 19, in the Smith University Center on the FMU campus.