Friday, August 12, 2011
Maj. Gen. Abraham J. Turner, a notable alumnus of SC State University and one of its 2,035 officers, will be featured as the keynote speaker at SC State University’s Fall Semester 2011 Faculty Development Institute.
The institute, to include several workshops aimed at enhancing faculty’s knowledge of teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond, will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Belcher Hall on the SC State campus. This year’s theme is “Fostering a Pathway to Excellence in Academic Affairs: Perspectives and Expectations for 2011-2012. Dr. Joyce Blackwell, vice president of academic affairs, will preside over the institute. Blackwell and the SC State faculty are ecstatic to have someone of Turner’s stature to keynote this significant event.
Turner’s achievements have demonstrated that he is an advocate for excellence in academics. A former chief of staff for the United States Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb., Turner was recently appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as the director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. He is expected to take the helm of the agency on Sept. 1, 2011.
Turner earned his commissioning into the Army as an infantry officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at SC State University, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in music. While attending the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa., he earned a master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pa.
Prior to his current assignment, Turner was deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va. Other previous assignments include serving as commanding general for the U.S. Army Training Center in Fort Jackson, S.C.; assistant chief of staff, C-3, Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Camp Doha, Kuwait and assistant division commander (Operations), 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. He also served as the chief of the House Legislative Liaison Division, Washington, DC.
Turner's combat experiences include a combat jump into Panama during Operation Just Cause, a deployment during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and most recently, deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Among his many awards and decorations, Turner has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merits with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
For additional information about the Fall Semester 2011 Faculty Development Institute at SC State, contact Dr. Carl E. Jones at (803) 536-8537 or Dr. Stephanie A. Steplight Johnson at (803) 533-3926.