Tuesday, November 23, 2010
South Carolina State University President George C. Cooper has been appointed chair of the Council of 1890 Universities and a member of the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A·P·L·U).
The Council of 1890 Universities, comprised of presidents and chancellors of A·P·L·U-member historically Black land-grant universities, primarily addresses all matters pertaining to strengthening teaching, research and extension programs at these important institutions. The purpose of the Council is to represent collectively the interests of 1890 land-grant institutions while seeking to maintain, ensure and increase funding; to present a unified approach for presentation of views regarding these institutions; and to serve as a forum to share ideas and resources.
Cooper participated in the ceremonial “passing of the gavel” during the Council of 1890 Universities Fall Business Meeting held in Dallas, TX on November 13, 2010. He replaces Hazo W. Carter, Jr., president of West Virginia State University, who has served as Council chair for the past three years. Cooper’s three-year term is effective through November 2013.
Cooper has served as president of South Carolina State University since July 2008. Previously he served for many years as a career employee at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including seven years as deputy administrator.
Lorenzo Esters, A·P·L·U vice president and liaison to the Council of 1890 Universities said: “George Cooper is a visionary and energetic leader with a wealth of knowledge about the mission and importance of land-grant universities. I look forward to working with him as together we meet the challenge of fulfilling the bold, relevant and unique mission of the 1890 universities—to reach the unreached and serve the underserved.”