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200-Year-Old Agriculture School Becomes South Carolina's 3rd Governor’s School

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In 1764, a French doctor immigrated to our state and eventually acquired over 2,000 acres of land near McCormick, SC, not far from the Savannah River.  When he passed away in 1797, his will established an agricultural seminary for 12 poor boys and 12 poor girls.  This year, that school has now been designated as the third Governor’s School in our state, and named after that immigrant physician, with a unique mission of teaching agriculture.

Mike Switzer interviews Tim Keown, president of the South Carolina Governor's School for Agriculture at John de la Howe, in McCormick, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.