SC Realtor's Senior VP Elected to Francis Marion Board of Trustees

August 13, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – August 13, 2008 – Senior Vice President Laura Stroman Crowther of South Carolina Realtors  (SCR) has been elected to fill a vacancy on Francis Marion University’s (FMU) Board of Trustees to complete a four-year term.  A Florence, South Carolina native, Crowther is also Francis Marion alumnus, having earned her B.A. in Mathematics in 1991.   

FMU President Dr. Luther Fred Carter touted Crowther as a wonderful addition to the FMU Board of Trustees, stating, Laura is widely respected among real estate professionals throughout South Carolina. I’ve had the opportunity to work with her in the South Carolina Realtors Leadership Development Program and have come to appreciate her own leadership skills and initiative.

The FMU Board of Trustees is composed of sixteen members, fifteen of whom are elected by the General Assembly, and one appointed by the Governor.  Members of FMU’s Board of Trustees are responsible for overseeing the effective governance of the university; a familiar responsibility for Crowther, who has been with SCR for almost eight years and was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Education, Member Services and Administration.

Crowther is described by SCR President Andy Walker as a valued member of the South Carolina Realtor staff, whose background in education will prove valuable to Francis Marion University students, faculty and staff. Walker states, Laura is responsible for the Realtor education program for our 20,000 members.  She does a fantastic job for us in one of our most critical areas. Our members consistently say that education is a top priority for them, and Laura sees to it that the education our members want is available and valuable.

Prior to her affiliation with SCR, Crowther was Broker/Manager for Century 21 Richardson Realty, past president and Realtor of the Year for the Pee Dee Realtors Association and Region 5 Vice President on the SCR Executive Committee.  She also served on the Governor’s Task Force to study the Commission of Women and is involved in numerous community volunteer programs including: the American Cancer Society, Ambassador for the Florence Chamber of Commerce, Friend’s of the Florence Museum and the Columbia Museum of Art.  Laura and her husband Bill reside in Columbia, S.C.