With decades of experience in conservation and more than a decade of tenure serving on Audubon South Carolina’s Board of Advisors, we are pleased to announce that Hank W. Stallworth, Sr., has been named Chairman of the Board.
With a degree from Clemson University, Hank began his career in state government as a Law Clerk for the South Carolina Attorney General’s office. He next worked in the South Carolina Senate and later the South Carolina House of Representatives, where he served as the principal staff person to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
Hank then moved to the Executive Branch, working as Deputy Director of the South Carolina Water Resources Commission, which was soon merged with the Wildlife Department in 1994, becoming the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Following the merger, he served as Governor Hodges' Director of Natural Resources Policy, overseeing the actions of DNR, DHEC, PRT, Agriculture and several smaller agencies which were the same agencies he worked with during his time in the South Carolina House. He returned to work in the DNR and retired several years ago from his position as Chief of Staff there.
Previously, Hank served on the boards of The South Carolina Nature Conservancy and the Congaree Land Trust, where he was also president. He and his wife, Ann Nolte, live on his family farm in Calhoun County, outside of St. Matthews, where they share their commitment to natural resources conservation, birds, Ann’s wonderful garden, and their community.
Hank takes the reins as Chairman from Dr. J. Drew Lanham, who held the position from 2017 - 2018. Drew illuminated a new path for Audubon South Carolina in his role and has impacted to lives of so many. We cannot express more sincere gratitude for his years of commitment to Audubon, and we are grateful that he will remain involved in the organization as a sitting member of the Board. Drew’s selfless passion for birds and conservation is summed up well in A Proposal for Heart’s Work, where he notes: “the critical factor that costs us nothing but our willingness to put our collective hearts to harder work – making conservation a moral act of deep and abiding love.”
From the contributions of first-time volunteers who join us for native plant installations, to our Shorebird Stewards who spend weekends under hot sun protecting vital nesting habitat, to the efforts of advocates like Drew and Hank who pour time and energy into our mission through their roles on our Board of Advisors—the efforts of volunteers at every level are creating longstanding impacts when it comes to preserving birds and the habitats they need. We are so grateful to all of our volunteers, and today, offer a special note of thanks to Drew and Hank.