1st District Board Member

Board Member - J.B. (Sonny) Kinney, Jr.

A photo of J.B. (Sonny) Kinney, Jr.

J.B. Kinney, a native of Sumter, earned an associate degree in Business Marketing from Sumter Technical College, a B.A. in Psychology from Coker College and a M.Ed. in Personnel Services from Clemson University.

Kinney was one of the first state employees licensed as a long-term health care administrator in 1978, during his tenure with the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) at Whitten Center in Clinton. He continued his work in the public sector as administrator of the Lancaster County Care Center from 1981-1984.

Most of Sonny's private sector experience was as senior vice president of Operations for National Healthcare Corporation (NHC) in the South Carolina Region where he developed and directed operations for the company's 19 healthcare facilities and pharmacy.

Kinney is a past president of the South Carolina Health Care Association and was recently honored with a lifetime membership. He also served on the American Health Care Association board of directors.

Prior to his appointment to the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control, Kinney served on the South Carolina Board of Long-Term Health Care Administrators for 19 years.

Kinney retired in June 2018 after 34 years with NHC and currently resides in Kiawah Island with Carol, his wife of 44 years. They have two adult daughters and five grandchildren.

Kinney represents Congressional District 1 and was appointed by SC Governor Henry McMaster.

Term: June 30, 2019 - June 30, 2023


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