SC State’s Fall 2009 Executive Speaker Series Begins for the Fall 2009 Semester

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The leader of an organization dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate and succeed in college, and an entrepreneur of a company with over $1 billion in assets, will kick off the 2009 Executive Speaker Series (ESS) next month at SC State University.

Dr. Michelle Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) in Washington, D.C., will keynote the University’s ESS Student Orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009 at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. Cooper will address the topic: “Financial Literacy: Key to Success in Business and in Life.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, Chauncey Mayfield, president and CEO of MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors, LLC of Detroit, Mich., will be the featured guest – one of seven speakers scheduled to visit SC State this fall. Mayfield will speak on “Building Equity through Commercial and Retail Real Estate Investments.”

In its 13th year, the ESS is sponsored by the Business Program of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences.

“This year’s Executive Speaker Series builds upon a tradition of excellence,” said Dr. Robert Barrett, dean of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences at SC State. “It helps us to fulfill our obligation to give our students the tools they need to lead and compete in a diverse and global environment.”

Cooper oversees IHEP’s expansive research portfolio and innovative programmatic activities focusing on access and success, accountability, diversity, finance, and global impact.
Most recently, she served as the deputy director for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance at the U.S. Department of Education, an independent, nonpartisan committee created by Congress to provide advice and counsel to Congress and the Secretary of Education on higher education and student aid policy. In that position, Cooper interacted with policymakers, oversaw policy research activities and managed day-to-day operations.

Cooper has also held various leadership positions at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council for Independent Colleges and King’s College. She is the 2002 recipient of the National Education Association’s Excellence in the Academy New Scholar Award.

A native of Charleston, S.C., Cooper received a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Charleston, a master of Professional Studies degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

Chauncey Mayfield is the primary visionary, strategist and architect of MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors, LLC. He has more than 25 years of residential, office and industrial development, construction and management experience. His company has a national portfolio of commercial properties in some of the best real estate markets in the country, including California, Florida, Nevada, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina and Arizona.

The firm’s collective efforts have earned its ranking among the Top 100 Real Estate Advisory Firms in the U.S. by Pension and Investments Magazine. MayfieldGentry has also been listed on Black Enterprise Magazine’s BE 100 as the fourth largest African American owned private equity firm in the United States.

Mayfield formerly served as president and chief executive officer of the ShoreBank Development in Detroit, Mich., where he developed over 686 residential units valued at $68.6 million and delivered a 44 percent return on investment on commercial projects. As deputy director of Economic Development for the city of Boston, he managed the agency’s three industrial parks, with a value in excess of $300 million.

Mayfield holds a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee Institute and M.B.A. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration.

“The Series taps the talents of successful South Carolinians and other individuals from across the nation and exposes our students to a world of possibilities,” said Dr. Ann Shepard Winstead, the ESS program director. “By interacting with effective leaders, our young people are reminded that if they work hard and apply themselves, they can do anything.”

Past ESS participants have come from companies and industries, including Pfizer, Inc., Ernest and Young, AT&T, Black Enterprise, SCANA, Sonoco, Bank of America, Milliken & Company, Michelin of North America, Time Warner Cable, Monsanto Company, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), the Graduate Admission Council (GMAC), and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.

Other speakers and topics for the fall semester include:

Date Session Focus/Theme
Speaker(s)

September 16

“The  Private Sector and Government’s Role in Creating New Global Economic Opportunities”

Mr. Greg Robinson, Director of Development
Orangeburg County Development Council

September 23

“Bankruptcy Law: What Does it Mean to Me or My Business”

Ms. Eddye Lane, Esquire
Lane Law Firm
Columbia, SC

September 30

“Agribusiness: Career Opportunities in South Carolina and Worldwide”

Mr. Hugh Weathers, State Agriculture Commissioner
South Carolina Department of Agriculture

October 28

“The Business of Procurement and Acquisitions”

Mr. Dominque Shaw, IT Director
Lockheed Martin Corporate Shared Services
Orlando, FL

November 4

“The Business of Energy in the New Economy”

Mr. William Timmerman, Chairman, President & CEO, SCANA Corporation
South Carolina
(A fortune 500 company)

November 11

“Leadership in the 21st Century – the Needs of Business”

Mr. Sol Graham, President and CEO
Quality Biological, Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD


The ESS was implemented in 1996 as a part of the core curriculum of the School of Business and as a component of the Leadership and Professional Development Program. A required program for all business majors, the series exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government.

For additional information contact Dr. Ann Shepard Winstead at 803-516-4864.