Mernard E. Clarkson Shares Law Enforcement Solutions during Black Males Project Workshop

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

SC State University’s Student Success and Retention Programs’ Black Males Project will host its third informal workshop for all Black male collegians on Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013 in the K.W. Green Student Center’s Garnet and Blue Room at 5 p.m. The Black Males Project (BMP) is designed to increase the number of Black males who are interested in and prepared to pursue postsecondary educational opportunities. The speaker for this event will be Mernard E. Clarkson, interim chief of police for SC State’s Campus Police Department. He will speak on the topic: “Obeying the Laws of the Land.”

Mernard E. Clarkson is a native of Sumter, S.C.   He has over 25 years of law enforcement experience.  He presently serves as the interim chief of police at SC State University.   He is a veteran of the United States Army where he served as a military police and drug suppression supervisor.

Before coming to SC State University he was second in charge of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office in which he was employed for ten years, before coming to Orangeburg County he was employed with the City of Columbia Police Department as a police officer, narcotics agent and sergeant for 14 years.

Mernard is a proud graduate of Claflin University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Criminal Justice and a Master’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University. Mernard is married to the former Shawtae Bailey and have four children and one granddaughter. He attends Andrew Chapel Baptist Church in Orangeburg with Pastor Donald E. Greene. His hobbies include sporting events, reading, spending time with family and helping others.

“To continue to assist black males at SC State University, the BMP is offering this workshop for black male collegians as interim chief of police Clarkson provides helpful suggestions on racial profiling, good citizenship, community involvement and the need for more black male mentors.” Corbett further stated “I strongly encourage black males on campus to participate in this event and have an active share. Together we can change the prevailing perceptions of Black males and reach our full potential in college life and in society.”

For additional information about the BMP, contact Marcus D. Corbett, coordinator of BMP in Moss Hall, suite 115 or at (803) 516-4977 or via email at