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Catherine B. Templeton
Director, South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control

Catherine Templeton, DirectorCatherine Templeton is the Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Templeton comes to state government after 20 years working for private industry and practicing law. She has received the state Supreme Court's highest award, the Compleat Lawyer, and was recognized by her peers as one of the nation's Best Lawyers. She was also appointed by Justice Sandra Day O’Conner as the National Coordinator of iCivics, a program that educates children on the importance of civic involvement and the role of the three branches of government. Currently, Templeton serves on the Governor’s Savannah River Committee, is chair of the State Emergency Response Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the S.C. Health Coordinating Council. She is a member of the Liberty Fellows class of 2014 and of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Since accepting the job in March of 2012, Director Templeton has reduced the agency's budget request from $50M to $5M, created a streamlined, customer service focused environmental team, and directed public health efforts to the one issue that kills the most South Carolinians, makes the most sick, and, if prevented, would save the state the most money in treatment: obesity.