The Governmental Appointments Project (GAP)

There are more than 900 governor-appointed seats on boards and commissions across South Carolina with either expired terms or vacancies. 

These are important positions that qualified women could – and should – fill. When we overlook capable women, we shortchange our state.

Consider:  women make up 51.5 percent of the population in South Carolina but are vastly underrepresented in state government, where fewer than one-third of cabinet agency directors are women and only 15.9 percent of the state legislature is female.  Similar imbalances exist on local boards and commissions.

Those responsible for making appointments often have difficulty recruiting diverse and qualified candidates. To remedy this, SC Women in Leadership is working with Governor Henry McMaster to launch the Gubernatorial Appointments Project (GAP) to recruit women of all backgrounds and perspectives for statewide leadership positions, guide them through the application process, and then deliver categorized expressions of interest to the Governor’s office as openings arise. (This project is inspired by a similar one in Massachusetts that began under then-Governor Mitt Romney.) Meet our co-chairs, Melinda Davis Lux and Candace Shiver, who are instrumental in the success of this project. 

Most seats on state boards and commissions don’t require confirmation by the SC Senate.  A few do require advice and consent of the Senate.  Download a PDF version of the GAP fact sheet.


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