The Palmetto Forum for Gaming Studies is a newly formed organization that will work with state and local leaders along with the citizens of South Carolina to discuss and examine the idea of instituting gaming in South Carolina with revenue proceeds directly going to address specific state needs.
The PFGS is an independent nonpartisan organization committed to examining, in an objective way, any advantages or disadvantages of having gaming in South Carolina.
The PFGS will engage in conducting research and hosting public policy discussions, forums and debates. The PFGS will also hold a series of breakfasts/lunches with political, government and business leaders. Polling and research on various key issues will be conducted and results compiled for disbursement to legislators, state agencies, business organizations and media outlets.
Meet the Co-Chairmen
Dr. Jim Rex and Converse A. Chellis, III serve as Co-Chairmen of the Palmetto Forum for Gaming Studies.
Dr. Jim Rex
Dr. Jim Rex resides in Fairfield County, South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Toledo (Bachelor of Arts, Masters, Ph.D) and is married to Dr. Sue Rex, has four children and nine grandchildren. He was a high school English teacher, and football coach, for five years in Ohio. Dr. Rex served as the Dean of Education at Coastal Carolina University ( SC)- 1974-1981 and served as the Dean of Education at Winthrop University ( SC) – 1981 to 1986.
He also served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Coastal Carolina University (SC) -1986 to 1988 and as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at University of South Carolina – 1988 to 1998. Dr. Rex was President of Columbia College (SC) – 1998 to 2001.
He was elected as the 16th State Superintendent of Education for South Carolina – 2007 to 2011. Dr. Rex was a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto (Highest Civilian Award in South Carolina) in 2010, Chair and Co-Founder of the American Party of South Carolina-2014 to 2018 and currently serves as National Vice Chair and Founding Member of the Alliance Party 2018-Present.
Converse A. Chellis, III
Converse A. Chellis, III served as State Treasurer (2007-2011) and in the South Carolina General Assembly (1997-2007). During his tenure in the legislature, Mr. Chellis served as Chairman of the committee on Banking and Consumer Affairs, Business and Commerce and House Rules Committee.
Mr. Chellis’ career involved all facets of public accounting including governmental accounting, auditing and consulting (1970-2007). He served as Chairman of the State Board of Accountancy (1990-93), President Summerville Chamber of Commerce (1976) and President of the South Carolina Association of CPA’s (1985).
Mr. Chellis received a B.S. Degree from the Citadel (1965) and attended graduate school at the University of Georgia (1966). He served in the United States Air Force and retired as a Captain (1966-1969). He and his wife live in Summerville where they are members of the Bethany United Methodist Church (1970-present) and have two children and five grandchildren.
“It’s time we take a serious look at alternative revenues sources in South Carolina and The Palmetto Forum for Gaming Studies will examine, in a non-partisan and objective way, whether or not gaming could play a part in delivering a new revenue stream."
Dr. Jim Rex
“As a former state representative, I understand how the legislative process works and as state treasurer I have seen the need for additional revenue streams. I’m not in favor of increasing the tax burden on our citizens…it’s time to be more creative.”
Converse A. Chellis, III