James E. Bostic, Jr.
James E. Bostic, Jr., currently serves as Managing Director of HEP and Associates, and is a Partner with Coleman Lew and Associates. He served as Executive Vice President of Environmental, Government Affairs and Communications for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, prior to his retirement in 2005. While at Georgia-Pacific he also held the positions of Senior Vice President of Environmental, Government Affairs and Communications, Group Vice President of Communication Papers, Vice President of Butler Paper and Mail-Well, General Manager of Commercial Products and Systems Division, Director of Sales Operations for Consumer Tissue Group, and General Manager of the Convenience Products Division.
Dr. Bostic attended Clemson University, where he earned a B.S. in textile chemistry. He was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship which would have allowed him to attend any university in the United States, but he chose to stay at Clemson to study chemistry. In 1972 he became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. at Clemson University.
After graduating from Clemson, he was selected to participate in the prestigious White House Fellowship program and was appointed assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture. In President Richard Nixon's administration, Dr. Bostic served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He later joined Riegel Textile Corp. as a Corporate Regulatory Director. In 1980, he was elected Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education in South Carolina. During his tenure as Chairman, the South Carolina Master Plan for Higher Education was approved by the South Carolina General Assembly and the South Carolina Higher Education Desegregation Plan was approved and initially funded.
Dr. Bostic has been a Director of the Clemson University Foundation and has served on the Board of Trustees of Tuskegee University and Clemson University. He is a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships and a member of the Board of Trustees of Wofford College and The Westminster Schools. Dr. Bostic is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Project GRAD Atlanta, a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, and a member of the Georgia State Board of Education.