Gene L. Dinkins, PE, PLS

President & CEO

Gene L. Dinkins is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cox and Dinkins. He is responsible for the overall performance and strategic growth of the company. Under his direction, the firm has grown into one of the largest engineering and surveying firms in South Carolina and has earned a reputation for excellence in service, commitment to integrity, and leadership in the profession and the community at large. In addition, he has been instrumental in the firm becoming recognized as a leader in sustainable and environmentally responsible civil engineering designs.

Gene Dinkins’ distinguished engineering, surveying, and leadership career spans more than four decades. He generously donates his time and expertise to the advancement of the profession, respected nationally for his ethical standards of practice and leadership on state and national boards. Initially appointed by the Governor of South Carolina in 2004, Gene is the Chairman of the South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. His peers elected Mr. Dinkins to serve in numerous positions, including the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES): Southern Zone Vice President, Treasurer, and National President. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Engineering Societies. In these endeavors as well as in his service to clients and mentoring of young professionals, Gene Dinkins dedicates his efforts to the mission of the state and national governing engineering boards – to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Throughout his career, Gene Dinkins has been a steadfast leader in the community, serving on numerous boards and commissions in the civic, educational, and faith communities. He served as Chairman of the Richland County Planning Commission and the City of Columbia Planning Commission. He was a member of the Midlands Technical College Advisory Board, First Citizens Bank Advisory Board, and the Heathwood Hall School Board of Trustees member.
Mr. Dinkins is a Professional Engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia and a Professional Land Surveyor in South Carolina,

Gene L. Dinkins is the recipient of: The Distinguished Service Award from the NCEES, the Life Service Award from the South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors, and the Engineer of the Year designation from the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers. He graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Environmental Engineering.

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