Governance Committee


Purpose and Responsibilities
The Corporate Governance Committee is intended to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities under the NASDAQ Stock Market listing standards, the Company’s Articles of Incorporation and By-laws and South Carolina law. The Committee shall also oversee and be responsible for implementation of the Company’s program for complying with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and NASDAQ promulgated thereunder or related thereto (in conjunction with the Audit Committee, where necessary or appropriate), as well as other NASDAQ rulemaking initiatives pertaining to corporate governance considerations. As such, the Corporate Governance Committee shall have two primary responsibilities.

First, the Committee shall be responsible for developing and recommending to the Board of Directors a set of corporate governance policies and principles to be applicable to the Company. It shall also be the task of the Committee to periodically re-evaluate such policies and guidelines for the purpose of suggesting amendments to them if appropriate.

Second, the Committee shall oversee an annual evaluation of the Board of Directors and Company management, including assurance that each committee is in compliance with their respective charter.

Composition of the Committee
The members of the Corporate Governance Committee shall be a majority of independent directors meeting the requirements of the NASDAQ Stock Market appointed by the Board of Directors on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee. The Chairman of the Committee shall be designated by the Board of Directors. In the absence of the Chairman, the members of the Committee may designate a chairman by majority vote.

The Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees when appropriate.

Operations of the Committee

Corporate Governance Functions Promptly following the initial adoption of this charter, the Committee shall evaluate the Company’s existing corporate governance procedures, as established in the Company’s articles of incorporation and by-laws, with the specific goal of improving such procedures where possible. Following the evaluation, the Committee shall, with the assistance of the Company’s general counsel, together with outside counsel as necessary or appropriate, develop a set of formal, written guidelines for corporate governance, which shall be presented to the full Board of Directors for consideration and adoption.

The Committee shall, from time to time, review the governance structures and procedures of the Company and suggest improvements thereto to the full Board of Directors. Such improvements, if adopted by the full Board of Directors, shall be incorporated into the written guidelines. The Committee shall review the written corporate governance guidelines annually.

The Committee shall evaluate and review, at least annually, a workable succession plan for the Company, and they will assure the Board of Directors that a succession plan is in place at all times for the Company.

The Committee shall annually evaluate the chairman’s performance in light of the Company’s goals and objectives.

Annual Evaluation Functions
The Committee shall conduct an annual evaluation of its performance. Additionally, the Committee shall oversee an annual evaluation of the Board of Directors and Company management.

The Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this charter periodically and submit the charter to the Board of Directors.

The Committee shall have and may exercise all powers and authority of the Board of Directors, as delegated by the Board of Directors, to the extent permitted under Section 33-8-250 of the South Carolina Code of Laws.

Other Activities
The Committee shall perform any other activities consistent with this charter, the Company’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and governing law as the Committee or the Board of Directors deems appropriate.

Committee Meetings
The Committee shall meet at least once per year. Other meetings may be held at the discretion of the Chairman of the Committee. Minutes of each of these meetings shall be kept.