Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Former South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon has been named as the next chairman of the Santee Cooper Board of Directors.

He was appointed by Gov. Henry McMaster Wednesday.

"With his commitment to the rule of law and his proven dedication to serving the people of South Carolina above all else, I’m confident that Mr. Condon’s leadership will usher in a new era of accountability at Santee Cooper that South Carolinians deserve," McMaster said in a statement.

Condon will serve the unexpired term ending in May of this year that was left vacant when former chairman Leighton Lord resigned in December of last year. He will serve a seven year term after the current term expires.

“I appreciate Governor McMaster asking me to accept this important challenge,” Condon said. “As the future and mission of Santee Cooper is debated, my goal is to provide transparent and accountable leadership of the board, with the interests of ratepayers and customers my number one priority.”

Currently a Charleston-area attorney, Condon’s career of public service is marked by eight years as attorney general from 1995 to 2003 and over ten years as solicitor in Charleston and Berkeley Counties.

Condon is a 1975 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned his Juris Doctor at the Duke University School of Law.

The governor’s appointment will be sent for approval to the Public Utilities Review Committee (PURC) prior to being sent to the full Senate for confirmation.