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AWS Welcomes Three New Board Members for 2024

The Alston Wilkes Society is pleased to welcome Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Circuit Court Judge Amy A. Land, and retired Director of SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, Jerry Adger, to the Board of Directors. They will each serve a 3- year term on the Board.

Sheriff Leon Lott brings a wealth of professional law enforcement and public service experience to the Board. As the Sheriff of Richland County for the past 28 years, he has earned many accolades and awards including both National and State Sheriff of the Year in 2021. He is serving on the AWS Board because he believes that “the work of AWS is vital to helping those who have paid their debt to society to be successful.” Sheriff Lott graduated from the University of South Carolina with an undergraduate degree in Sociology, Lander University with a master’s degree in Emergency Management, the FBI National Academy and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was also honored by the University of South Carolina with an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Public Service in 2021. He currently serves as the Commander of the South Carolina State Guard with the rank of Major General.

Judge Amy A. Land, Esq., a native of Columbia, SC, is a Third Circuit Drug Court Judge in Manning, a position she has held since 2011. Prior to being appointed, Mrs. Land was an Assistant Solicitor in the Third Circuit Solicitor’s Office where she prosecuted crimes ranging from DUI to Murder.  Over her 24-year criminal justice career, she says she has seen many smart, hard-working, and good people who have life circumstances that are dismal and often lead to drug use, criminal activity and homelessness. She states, “I strongly believe that intervention and assistance can save lives and can help people become productive, law-abiding citizens. AWS provides these resources every day and I am proud to be part of such a noble cause.” Mrs. Land is a graduate of Clemson University where she earned two bachelor’s degrees (Sociology and Psychology) and earned her law degree from University of South Carolina Law School. She is very active in her community as a member of the Manning Rotary Club, a Meals on Wheels volunteer and Clarendon County School District volunteer. She is Chairman and a founding member of the John Landon Black Foundation. Mrs. Land is married to Ceth Land with three adult children.

Mr. Jerry Adger recently retired as the Director of the SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services after eight years of service, and has a diverse background in the criminal justice arena having worked for the FBI, for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in multiple capacities for 23 years (positions ranging from fingerprint analysis to the SWAT Team to Internal Affairs and Community Relations) and served as the state’s first nationally certified Inspector General.  Mr. Adger supports the Alston Wilkes Society because he believes we “play a vital role in the overall mission of preparing offenders to become productive citizens. The partnerships between state government, private providers, and nonprofit organizations are critical in our efforts to support offenders as they transition from the criminal justice system.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Criminal Justice Degree from the University of South Carolina, is a 2012 graduate of the Riley Institute at Furman University’s Diversity Leaders Initiative, and a 2006 graduate of the South Carolina Executive Institute. Mr. Adger has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest award given by the Governor of South Carolina in recognition of his accomplishments and commitment to his profession. Mr. Adger is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is married, has two sons and resides in Columbia.

AWS President & CEO states, “We are beyond thrilled to welcome these three community-minded professionals to our Board of Directors. We are thankful for their commitment to supporting our mission of rebuilding lives for a safer community in South Carolina.

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