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Meet the President


President Thomas Elzey Thomas J. Elzey is the 11th president of South Carolina State University. A native of Chicago, IL, President Elzey has more than 30 years of senior administrative experience. Throughout his career, Elzey has gained a reputation as a dynamic change agent and national leader in academia, bringing an impressive record of fiscal responsibility. Before he assumed his role as President at SC State, he was executive vice president for Finance, Administration and Operations at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. In that capacity, he supervised the institution's vice presidents for Facilities, Engineering and External Affairs in addition to the campus’ financial officers and the directors of Auxiliary Enterprises, Human Resources, Information Technology, Procurement, Public Safety, and Governmental/Community Relations.


Prior to The Citadel, Elzey was senior vice president for Finance and chief financial officer at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Howard University in Washington, DC. He supervised all financial, treasury and auxiliary enterprise functions of the university and its hospital, as well as capital planning and projects implementation.


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He has also served as the deputy executive director for finance for the Thrift Depositor Protection Oversight Board and the Resolution Trust Corporation in Washington, D.C.; vice president at Perry Investments in Saratoga, Calif.; general manager and chief executive officer for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; deputy budget director and budget director in the Chicago Office of Budget Management and assistantgeneral superintendent and chief operating officer for the Chicago Park District. He also served as the senior policy analyst for the Office of Management and Budget for the federal government.


He is a council member for the National Association of College and University Business Officers and a board member for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. Elzey also serves as a member of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management Dean’s Advisory Council.


Elzey earned his Bachelor of Science in economics from Bradley University and a Master of Science in management and policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He held Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.


Elzey is married to Dr. Monedia K. Elzey. They have two daughters, Briana and Tommi.