SC State University and Turner Construction forging partnerships

Thursday, March 31, 2011

SC State University’s President George E. Cooper and Chief of Staff Edwin D.  Givens recently met with Hilton Smith, senior vice president for Turner Construction and his assistant Tara Robertson to explore potential collaborative opportunities between SC State and Turner Construction, the international construction company that is constructing the Boeing plant in Charleston, S.C. President Cooper and Atty. Givens both expressed excitement about SC State forging a corporate partnership with Turner Construction.  


“The meeting held with Turner Construction was very productive. We have already identified some objectives that Turner Construction and SC State can explore together,” said President Cooper.


Founded in 1902 by Henry Turner, Turner Construction is a multi-billion dollar international company that has built head-turning projects for more than a century. The company that built Madison Square Garden has ranked among the leading general builders in the U.S. since the early 1900s. It provides construction and project management services for commercial and multifamily buildings, airports, and stadiums, as well as correctional, educational, entertainment, and manufacturing facilities. The company is also a leader in sustainable or green building practices.


As Senior Vice President for Corporate and Community Affairs at Turner Construction Company, Smith's duties include managing the company's corporate affairs, minority and woman owned business enterprise program (MWBE), and their equal employment and educational programs. He coordinates business development and strategic marketing programs with Turner's senior executive officers as well.


“Through strategic partnerships, and friends of the University like Hilton Smith, SC State will increase its international visibility on the global economic stage,” said Atty. Givens.