New Leadership Delivering Results to Pickens County
Jerry represents the people of the Third District in the S.C. Statehouse. He has lived in the Pickens community since 2001 when he joined National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) as its Director of Corporate Affairs. He was promoted to Assistant Executive Director in 2003 and CEO in 2007 where he served until he retired in January 2019.
During his tenure as CEO, the NCEES reserves grew from $18 million to more than $54 million; employed a staff of more than 70 people; signed multiple agreements with foreign universities and professional associations to offer the NCEES licensure examinations; he oversaw a transition of the NCEES pencil/paper exams to a computer-based delivery system; and he helped develop an online registration and compliance database for all licensure candidates and member boards.
In the community, Jerry currently serves as the Chair of the Church Council for Clemson United Methodist Church and recently led a comprehensive visioning effort to develop strategic goals and metrics for the church. Jerry also completed training in 2019 to become certified as a Guardian Ad Litem for Pickens County and currently serves as an advocate for abused and neglected children who are involved with the Pickens County family court system.
Jerry and his late wife Marie have one son, Matthew, an assistant project manager in the construction industry. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Billie Jeanne, a teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District. In 2017, Jerry married Karen Baker, who serves as the Executive Director of Clemson Community Care. Karen is the mother of three daughters, Emily, a banker married to Griffin Wheeler and living in Charleston with their two children; Anna, a gymnastics coach in Columbia; and Allison, a marketing-communications professional living in Nashville.
Jerry is a North Carolina native where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Atlantic Christian College, located in Wilson, N.C. Jerry began his professional career in 1974 as a probation/parole officer for the North Carolina Department of Corrections in Greenville, N.C. In 1979, Jerry was promoted to the position of case analyst with the North Carolina Parole Commission in Raleigh, where he served until 1984 when he accepted the role of Associate Executive Director of the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. In 1992, he was promoted to the position of Executive Director. He held that post through 2001.