SC State University’s Board of Trustees Announce Top Three Presidential Finalists

Friday, March 29, 2013

SC State University Presidential Search Committee chairman, Dr. Walter Tobin, today announced the names of the three finalists for the presidency of South Carolina State University. The finalist names were forwarded to the SC State University Board of Trustees from the Presidential Search Committee for Board consideration. Alphabetically, the finalists are:

ElzeyThomas J. Elzey, Executive Vice President for Finance, Administration, and Operations, The Citadel 

Elzey serves as Executive Vice President for Finance, Administration, and Operations at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Elzey served as Senior Vice President for Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA; and held the positions of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer – Treasurer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President for Business and Fiscal Affairs at Howard University in Washington, DC.

JacksonE. Newton Jackson, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of North Florida (Jacksonville)

Jackson serves as Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. Previous professional experiences include Professor and Department Chairperson and Associate Professor/Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida; and Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University (Washington, DC).


Leonard Anthony McIntyre, Interim Dean of the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, South Carolina State University

McIntyre serves as the interim dean of the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences at SCSU and as the Director of the Textbooks and Learning Materials Program. McIntyre has held numerous administrative positions at South Carolina State University including Special Assistant to the President for International Affairs; Interim Vice President, Division of Research and Economic Development; and; Interim President. A seasoned educator, McIntyre’s K-12 record of employment includes State Deputy Superintendent of Education (South Carolina); Director of Secondary Education/Assistant Superintendent in Burlington, Iowa; and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Staff Development in Spartanburg CSD#7.

During the week of April 8, the finalists will participate in interviews with the Board of Trustees and meetings with stakeholder groups. Subsequent to those sessions, the Board will convene to identify the preferred candidate for the presidency.

Naming of the finalists was the result of the Presidential Search Committee’s assiduous review of twenty-five applications, and second round consideration of seven applicants which included due diligence screening by a private agency. Tobin expressed appreciation to the Presidential Search Committee for their engagement and contributions to the search process and to Dr. Warrick in her role as Interim President. The newly appointed president is expected to take office as determined by the Board of Trustees.