SC State University's Senior Vice President for Finance, Facilities and MIS to Retire

Friday, April 8, 2011

John E. Smalls, senior vice president for Finance, Facilities and Management Information Systems at South Carolina State University, has announced his retirement from SC State University, effective June 30, 2011. Smalls has served SC State for nearly eight years as its chief fiscal officer.  During his tenure, South Carolina’s only public historically black University has experienced unprecedented physical growth and financial developments, including more than $100 million in construction activity, new internal controls for key business processes, IT upgrades and modernization of personnel policies.

“Mr. Smalls has been a solid rock for SC State during times of presidential transitions and unprecedented declines in state resources allocated to the University,” said Dr. George E. Cooper, president of SC State University.    “Although the economy and a series of higher education budget cuts have had a tremendous impact on the overall operation of the University, we continue to maintain academic excellence, provide critical student support functions and maintain a safe and secure environment for student and employees because of John’s tremendous talent in managing the University’s fiscal affairs.  It is with deep regrets that I accept his decision to retire from higher education.  He will be missed by us all.”

Smalls has also been involved professionally with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and has also provided service in higher education accreditation reviews important for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, under Small’s leadership, SC State received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for six consecutive years from the National Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

“An exceptional hard worker with unusual people skills,” according to many of his colleagues, Smalls has spent more than 30 years in higher education fiscal administration.  Prior to SC State University, Smalls worked as the executive director at the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

“My work at SC State has been most rewarding, and I look forward to implementing my personal dreams deferred, said John E. Smalls, senior vice president for Finance, Facilities, and MIS.