Friday, August 12, 2011
SC State University President, Dr. George E. Cooper, recently engaged several universities in this year’s Council of 1890 Universities Summer Meeting. Held at the Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, S.C. on August 1, 2011-August 3, 2011, various land-grant institutions participated in sessions involving study abroad opportunities for 1890 universities, working with Oak Ridge Associated Laboratories, the possible impact of Pell Grants on 1890 universities’ congressional relations, the Board of Trustees/CEO Relations and working with the NCAA to support the academic success of athletes.
The Council of 1890 Universities consists of presidents and chancellors of APLU- (Association of Public and Land-Grant universities) member historically Black land-grant universities. The council addresses the strengthening, teaching, research and extension programs at these member institutions. Its general purpose 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, appointed as president of the council in 2010 with an effective term through Nov. 2013, is elated with the council’s progress achieved during its summer meeting. “Not only did we have a dynamic agenda that assisted us in enhancing our ideas and to determine how to stretch our resources while still maintaining our integrity, but we were also immersed in sessions that allowed us to strengthen our physical wellness,” says Cooper.
This year’s summer meeting also included a medical doctor and registered dietician who offered free health screenings to all presidents and their spouses. Each day also began with a group exercise hosted by the U.S. Navy Seals.