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Thank you to past board chair Mark Taylor, and congratulations to new chair Joe Lesesne - April 12th 2019


Thank you to past board chair Mark Taylor, and congratulations to new chair Joe Lesesne

Many thanks to Mark Taylor for serving as Upstate Forever’s Board Chair for the past two years. Mark is the president of SynTerra and has been involved with Upstate Forever since it was formed in 1998.

Along with Brad Wyche, Mark has also co-chaired the Crossroads Campaign Steering Committee for the past year, and has been integral to its success. He will remain on the board but has passed the reins to our new chair, Joe Lesesne.

A longtime leader in Spartanburg and the state as a whole, Joe served as president of Wofford College for 28 years, from 1972 until 2000.

Joe has chaired the boards of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Spartanburg County Foundation, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. He has served on the Upstate Forever Board since 2004.

We’re grateful for his willingness to share his experience and leadership as Upstate Forever’s new board chair!

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