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Marilyn J. Fore

Marilyn J. Fore image‌Marilyn J. "Murph" Fore, Ed.D., has been the president of Horry-Georgetown Technical College since April 2017. During the last 44 years, she has served HGTC in a variety of leadership positions, mostly recently as senior vice president.

Fore has been a leader in the state in her efforts to ease both the admissions requirements for students and regulations for the approval of new academic programs, in turn making education more accessible for many and ensuring HGTC continues to meet the needs of industry in a timely manner. She has led the implementation of digital classrooms, developed more than 80 programs of study, served on 30 accreditation teams across the Southeast, and helped create the Horry County Schools’ Early College High School, a model for the nation.

Her purpose and vision has always been improving the lives of her students, which is evident in her personal and financial commitments to HGTC. Fore has established numerous scholarships for students and consistently contributes to the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Foundation. She has personally ensured that students who didn’t think higher education was an option for them not only attended HGTC but also succeeded in school and after graduation.

A native of Ohio, Fore earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Fairmont State College in W.Va., and three degrees from the University of South Carolina: a master’s in educational instruction, a master’s in economics, and an education doctorate in curriculum and instruction.

She has held leadership positions in professional education associations at the regional and state levels, and is active in community affairs. Her husband, Fred Fore, shares her passion for higher education and was the first president of Florence-Darlington Technical College. They live in Murrells Inlet and are active members of Belin Methodist Church.

Fore received the honorary degree Doctor of Public Service from Coastal Carolina University during the December 2007 commencement ceremony. In 2018 she was honored as an "Inspiring Woman" by CCU's Women in Philanthropy and Leadership during the organization's annual Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women.