Interim President Warrick Addresses Public Corruption Allegations

Friday, January 11, 2013

Statement

Dr. Cynthia Warrick, Interim President
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South Carolina State University is the Economic, Intellectual, and Cultural Heart of Orangeburg and its surrounding counties, with a heritage and legacy that must be preserved and enhanced.

Our core values are:
Access - accessible and affordable
Opportunity - to fulfill career dreams and goals
Integrity - a solid reputation of integrity
Excellence - commitment to excellence as its top priority
Respect - climate of mutual trust and respect

I come before you today to assure to the students, faculty, staff, alumni, board, and all stakeholders including the state of South Carolina that this administration upholds the highest integrity and will enforce all policy and procedures of this University as we have from July 5, 2012 when I assumed this office.

The Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Eric Eaton, immediately established internal controls and systems that warrant accurate accountability and stabilized the University’s financial operations. 

The Vice President of Research & Executive Director of 1890, Mr. John Rosenthall, formed a compliance committee to cover all activities within the department. All issues related to 1890 funding are clarified and approved by appropriate officials in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The CFO and Assistant VP for Student Affairs, Dr. Tamara Hughes, have instituted policies to address accountability in the use of Student Activity fees to include the use of Ticketmaster for future student affairs events. 

All University MOUs and contracts are reviewed and approved by the University’s General Counsel, Mr. Peter Wilborn, prior to signage by me and a new policy has been presented to the Board of Trustees that would require full Board approval for all contracts over $250,000.

In light of all of these measures we have instituted within the past 6 months, South Carolina State University has continued to excel in our mission, the provision of affordable and accessible quality educational programs.

South Carolina State University was the only public 4-year institution in South Carolina that did not raise tuition and fees this academic year.

We are currently ranked #13 on U.S. News and World Report’s Over Performing Schools in the Nation list. Earlier this year the University ranked #5 among Public HBCUs in the nation.

We are known for our stellar ROTC program. Washington Monthly ranked us in the top 10 for the most enrolled ROTC cadets (No. 1 HBCU). We maintained the #1 ranking in social mobility for three years (2006, 2007, and 2009) from Washington Monthly.

Forbes Magazine has identified South Carolina State University as the exclusive HBCU for research in the state.

Our student chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma was named an Exemplary Chapter International Honor Society in fall 2012.

Specialized accreditation was reaffirmed last semester for NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education), ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), and ASLHA (Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association).

In October, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Regional Medical Center to develop a partnership designed to promote health and well-being within communities in the state of South Carolina.

Just recently, in November, we partnered with Claflin University, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Aiken Technical College and the Southeastern Region of the United States Environmental Protection Agency to develop sustainable campuses and communities in the Midlands, Lowcountry and Sea Islands areas of the state.

On Feb. 1, 2013, we will officially open our new Engineering and Computer Science Complex. As the only HBCU in South Carolina offering a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering, this new complex will provide our students with the necessary tools they need to thrive and compete on a global level.