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Frank M. Watts

Frank M. Watts was born in the Cool Springs area of Horry County in South Carolina. He served of the board of directors of the Coastal Educational Foundation (CEF) from 1978 to 2002; during that time he served as president (1982-1984) and vice president (1982-1983), and on various CEF committees, including nominating, finance, land use and academic affairs.

Watts was chief executive officer for the Loris Hospital System for 26 years, retiring in 1995. Prior to that, he was assistant administrator for Conway Hospital for 10 years. He organized and built the Little River Medical Center in 1978 and served on its board until 1992.

In 1995 he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian honor, for his lifetime achievements and service to South Carolina.

He attended Berry College in Rome, Ga., and Columbia University in New York.

Watts was named an honorary founder of Coastal Carolina University in 2011.