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DDSN Welcomes New Commissioner

Fri, 05/14/2021

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs welcomes Dr. Gary Kocher as its newest Commissioner after the Senate confirmed his appointment earlier this week.

Interim Director Constance Holloway said, “The agency is very pleased that Dr. Kocher is joining the Commission. His medical background and personal experience will add tremendous value to our agency.”

Said Commissioner Kocher, “I would like to thank Governor McMaster for this wonderful opportunity to serve. My daughter, Karson, was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was only eleven years old. We are blessed that she has achieved an amazing recovery, but that result would not have been possible without significant help. I want to help make sure all of the families served by DDSN have the best possible outcome for their loved ones.”

Commissioner Kocher received his medical degree from West Virginia University and completed his Ophthalmology residency at the University of South Carolina. He has practiced medicine here in Columbia for the past forty years.

Commissioners are appointed by the Governor to four-year terms to represent the state’s seven congressional districts. The appointment requires Senate confirmation. Commissioner Kocher was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former Commissioner Lori Unumb. His term will expire on June 30, 2024.

The Commission is the policy-making and governing body for the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.