Hall of Fame - Nick Theodore
After graduating from Greenville High School in 1945, Mr. Nick Theodore earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Furman University. He went on to serve in the South Carolina House and Senate for 24 years. He is best known for his service as Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, a position he held from 1987 to 1995. While in the General Assembly, he held leadership positions including Chairman of the House Education Committee and Chairman of the Joint Legislative State Employees Committees. Mr. Theodore was the architect and chief author of the Education Finance Act (EFA), which was South Carolina’s first long-range commitment to elementary and secondary education. He also authored legislation establishing the Basic Skills Assessment Testing Program and the restructuring of the Higher Education Commission. Mr. Theodore was named Outstanding Legislator by the South Carolina School Boards Association and the South Carolina Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. He served as President of the Greenville Jaycees and later was elected President of the South Carolina Jaycees, resulting in many civic improvements including the creation of the Greenville Zoo.