Jim I. Newsome III
President and CEO
South Carolina Ports Authority
Jim Newsome is the president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston. He assumed that role on Sept. 1, 2009 and is currently the longest serving leader of a major container port in the US. Newsome received a B.S. and MBA in transportation and logistics from the University of Tennessee in 1976 and 1977. He has received several honors including: the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award in 2018, Agriculture Transportation Coalition Person of the Year in 2016, SC Public Servant of the Year from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce in 2014, Doctor of Humane Letters from the College of Charleston in 2014, and the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Award in 2010. At the University of Tennessee, Newsome is active in the College of Business Administration Dean’s Advisory Council as well as the Executive Advisory Board of its Global Supply Chain Institute. He is also involved in the following organizations: College of Charleston’s School of Business, Board of Governors; Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Hospital Fund, Advisory Board; Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) Board of Directors, Marine Division; Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), Board of Directors; and the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Board and Lowcountry Executive Leadership Team.