Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., OSHA Chief, To Address Summer Graduates
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/17/2007
CONTACT: LISA GARRETT, 646-1506
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON --- OSHA Chief Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., will deliver the address at Tri-County Technical College’s summer commencement set for Friday, August 3, at 6 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center.
Families and guests of the graduates, alumni and other friends of the College are invited to attend the ceremony.
As Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Foulke heads the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its staff of more than 2,200 safety and health professionals and support personnel. OSHA's role is to ensure the safety and health of America's employees by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA on Sept. 15, 2005, Foulke was confirmed by the Senate on March 15, 2006, and sworn in as the head of the agency on April 3, 2006.
Prior to his nomination, Foulke was a partner with the law firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP in Greenville, S.C., and Washington, D.C., where he chaired the firm's OSHA practice group. His practice areas included all topics of labor relations, specializing in occupational safety and health issues, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention and accident and fatality prevention.
From 1990 to 1995, Foulke served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, chairing the commission from March 1990 to February 1994.
He served on the Workplace Health and Safety Committee for the Society for Human Resource Management from 2000 to 2004, including a two-year term as the committee's chair. He was also a member of the Health and Safety Subcommittee for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Foulke has authored articles on workplace safety and health for various entities, including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry.
He graduated from North Carolina State University (with honors) in 1974. He earned his law degree from Loyola University in 1978, and a Master of Law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1993. He is admitted to practice in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia, and is admitted in the Fourth, Eleventh, and D.C. Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He is married to Wendy Smith Foulke from Hampton, S.C.