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Fore to be honored at WIPL’s Celebration of Inspiring Women

January 19, 2018

Marilyn Fore, Ed.D., president of Horry-Georgetown Technical College, will be honored at the 2018 Celebration of Inspiring Women on Monday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Conference Center. The event is part of the eighth annual Women’s Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership (WIPL) for Coastal Carolina University. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit WIPL.

The annual celebration and awards were created as an important and lasting way to recognize women who have had a substantive and positive impact in South Carolina and beyond. Since the program’s inception in 2011, 37 women have been recognized. The 2018 honorees also include Amber Campbell, a 2004 CCU graduate and three-time Olympian; Renee Hembree, founder and executive director of Teen Angels in North Myrtle Beach; and Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina.

During the last 44 years, Fore has served HGTC in a variety of leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president. She 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 that 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 to improve 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.

Fore earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Fairmont State College in West Virginia, 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. Coastal Carolina University awarded her an honorary doctorate in public service in 2007.

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. The Women’s Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women brings together women from all walks of life for two days of education, professional and personal development, and networking. Entrepreneurs, professionals, community volunteers and activists, students, moms, and women in transition all enjoy this dynamic program with incredible opportunities to learn and grow.

WIPL was founded in 2007 under the leadership of CCU first lady Terri DeCenzo. It is committed to inspiring, connecting and empowering women to strengthen their individual and collective voices in leadership at CCU and in the community, state, region and beyond. Members include faculty, staff and community leaders who are committed to creating and supporting opportunities for women in all areas of leadership and across all disciplines, while continuing to invest in scholarships for CCU students. Since its inception, WIPL has awarded 184 students more than $200,000 in financial support through a fully endowed scholarship and annual awards.