Dr. W. Franklin EvansVice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. W. Franklin Evans was born in Augusta, Georgia and attended public school in the Jefferson County School System. W. Franklin Evans matriculated at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University earning six degrees in areas ranging from Entomology to Journalism, Middle Childhood Science to Curriculum and Instruction, and Administration and Supervision to Higher Education Administration.
His professional career has included working as a medical entomologist, a broadcast and reporter, a flight attendant, a science teacher, a high school assistant principal, a middle school principal, a university professor, a director, a college dean, and university vice president. He holds membership is various organizations such as the NAACP, Black Family Preservation Group, Inc., National Association of Black School Educators, Partnership for a Drug-free Community, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Toastmasters International, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He has served on the advisory boards of organizations such as the Sickle Cell Association, Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis Clubs International, the AIDS Action Coalition, and the Black Family Preservation Group. Always striving to be a servant leader, he is an active minister with the Church of God in Christ International.
Most recently as a higher education administrator, he was employed as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Virginia Union University; and prior to that appointment, he was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Elizabeth City State University. Dr. Evans has worked as an adjunct professor at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, and Athens State University. With aspirations of one day going to law school and becoming a judge, he spends leisurely time traveling, playing tennis, reading, and singing.
Dr. Rita TealInterim Vice President for Administration
Dr. Rita Jackson Teal has held progressive and diverse administrative roles and teaching responsibilities at three institutions of higher education. Titles have included acting president, vice president for academic affairs, executive director of institutional effectiveness, assistant and associate vice president in academic affairs, dean of the school of freshman studies, director of the learning resource center, director of academic support programs, and associate professor of mathematics.
Leadership positions have included the areas of planning, SACS/COC accreditation, first-year experience, retention, assessment, admissions and TRIO. She has served on several SACS COC, Title III and TRIO review teams; written several grants, and presented at SACS COC and TRIO conferences and meetings. Dr. Teal was a Kellogg MSI/NAFEO Leadership Fellow, and participant in the Fulbright-Hays South Africa Seminar, Snowmass Institute for Strategic Planning in Snowmass Village, Colorado and the Kellogg Institute for Developmental Educators at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Her teaching discipline is mathematics. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Teal is the mother of daughter Rashel.
Mrs. Charlene JohnsonDirector of Athletics
Charlene Johnson was named Director of Athletics at South Carolina State University in 2004. The only woman to serve as Athletics Director (AD) at the institution, Johnson is in her 28th year as a member of the department, in which she previously served as senior woman administrator, associate athletics director and coach. In 2005, she became the first woman to serve as Chairperson of the Directors of Athletics Association in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. She has also served on several NCAA Committees and is currently a member of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee. During her tenure, many of the athletic facilities have undergone major improvements, attendance at contests and revenues have increased significantly and academic enhancement has been strengthened. In 2011, SC State was one of 26 colleges and universities across the nation earning NCAA certification. Johnson earned both her bachelor’s (1980) and master’s (1987) from SC State.
Mr. Eric EatonAssistant Vice President for Finance
Eric was born and raised in Montgomery, AL. Eric graduated from Howard University in May 1977 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Following graduation, Eric joined the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young and spent eight years in the firm’s New York and Continental European practice offices. Eric’s professional background in corporate financial management includes experience in publishing (Time Warner, Meredith Corporation, Earl G. Graves, Ltd.), financial services (Western Union, NEXXAR Group, Inc.), and information technology (Connotate Technologies, Inc.) Eric is a Certified Public Accountant (New York) and a Certified Management Accountant. Eric is married with three adult children.
Mr. Michael HubbardAssociate Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Michael Hubbard currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at South Carolina State University, where he is responsible for the oversight of key University areas to include fundraising and development, Alumni Relations, Campus Relations and University Relations and Marketing. He also serves as the Executive Director of the South Carolina State University Education Foundation and works closely with the Board of Visitors.
Hubbard has more than 25 years of diverse experience in the areas of education, government, business and corporate America. Prior to joining SC State, he served as group manager for Science and Engineering Education Programs (SEP) at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). In his role, he managed operations for a diverse group of education programs, building relationships between the federal government, educational institutions and small businesses across the nation. His responsibilities included overseeing the recruitment, selection, placement and daily operations of the science education programs for many federal sponsors including the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. Hubbard supported the NRC’s collaboration with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 2012 summer camps conducted on HBCU campuses. Over the last four years, 700 plus K-12 faculty and students have been served. In fiscal year 2012, this effort was responsible for exposing over 250 underrepresented K-12 children to STEM research. Six summer camps convened during the summer of 2012 at five different HBCU’s, to include SC State University.
Hubbard is a recent graduate of Leadership Oak Ridge and the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association. He earned a master’s degree in media technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a bachelor of general studies in communication, art-photography and electrical engineering technology from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala.
Mr. John RosenthallVice President for Research and Economic Development
John Rosenthall, Interim Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Public Service, received a BS in Mathematics from Tougaloo College and Juris Doctorate from George Washington University in Washington, DC. After two years active service in the United States Army, Rosenthall spent the next seven years in various capacities at the United States Departments of Defense and Energy. Rosenthall practiced law in the Law Firm of John A. Rosenthall from 1980 until 1984. For years of 1994 and 1995, he served as the Director of Environmental Justice for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Between 1996 and 2003, Rosenthall managed the Urban Environment Institute at Howard University (UEI), an entity that provided support to various Federal agencies including the United States Department of Energy and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. UEI also supported the National Conference of Black Mayors and supported their members economic development efforts. Since 1996, Rosenthall has provided support to the United States Department of Energy in their environmental justice and Historically Black Colleges and Universities initiatives.
In 2006, Rosenthall founded the Annual State of Environmental Justice in America Conference and has coordinated that event for seven consecutive years. In 2009, the Conference added the Minority Alternative and Renewable Energy Consortium (MAREC) to the agenda. The MAREC was initially designed in collaboration with the United States Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE), small business entities and various academic institutions to help HBCUs and other MSIs gain greater participation in Federal alternative and renewable energy research and procurement activities. The MAREC has now expanded to include the United States Departments of Interior (DOI) and Transportation (DOT), and supports HBCU/MSI efforts to gain greater participation in Federal procurements across the board. Rosenthall is active in community service having served as general counsel for the Alexandria Branch of the NAACP, Education Committee of the Northern Virginia Urban League, president of the Medical Care for Children Partnership and the John Leland Center for Theological Studies Board of Directors. Rosenthall is an active member of Alfred Street Baptist Church.
Dr. Tamara HughesInterim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Tamara Hughes currently serves as Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. She provides leadership and direction to the following areas critical to the student experience: Student Life and Leadership; Judicial Affairs; Residence Life and Housing; Intramurial Sports; Counseling and Self Development; Health Services; and Career Placement and Planning. Under her leadership, these units work in tandem to coordinate and implement programs, activities, and services to maximize student learning and development. She has over sixteen years of experience in higher education and has served in various capacities. She has also provided guidance and worked closely with the Office of Judicial Affairs from 2004 to 2010.
Prior to accepting her present position, she served as Research and Planning Administrator in the Office of Institutional Research at the University. Her primary responsibility was assisting units with the development and implementation of assessment plans and programs that encourage continuous improvement and meet standards of accrediting bodies.
Dr. Hughes received her BA in Communications from Howard University, Washington, DC; her MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina; and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. Her primary research interest focuses on the career development of the African American student athlete. She co-authored a chapter, Synthesizing career and family theories: Relevant issues in K. M. Evans, J. C. Rotter & J. M. Gold (Eds.), Synthesizing family, career, and culture: A model for counseling in the twenty-first century. She also serves as adjunct faculty and teaches or has taught the following courses: Social Psychology, Child Psychology, and African American Families in the Departments of Social Sciences and Family and Consumer Sciences.
Dr. Hughes serves as Co-chair of the University’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Effectiveness Committee. She has presented a plethora of workshops on assessing student learning outcomes as well as how to assess academic programs. She has also served in the role of assessing the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, PUSH Writing: Preparing Undergraduates for Scholarly Holistic Writing.
She is a member of the Association for Institutional Research, the Southern Association for Institutional Research, and the American Counseling Association. She is committed to public service through her membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and by serving as the Committee Chair of the Services to Youth Facet in the Links, Inc.
Dr. Hughes is the proud mother of Jade and Donavon.