Harley Named New Director of Human Relations & Organizational Development for 1890 Program

Wednesday, January 8, 2020


ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The SC State University 1890 Research & Extension Program welcomed Venyke Harley as the program's new director of human relations and organizational development. Harley assumed the role Jan. 6, and is the first to hold this newly added position.


Pough12“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve along with the 1890 Research and Extension team as we work together to continue the legacy of developing programs to enhance the communities and residents of South Carolina,” said Harley. “It’s a great time to be apart of the transformation of this outstanding program, and I look forward to the task at hand.”


Harley has over 20 years of experience as a human resource professional in the private and local government. Prior to being named a director at 1890, Harley served as the loss control manager at the Municipal Association of South Carolina. In this role, she developed trainings and managed the loss control efforts to improve risk management for cities in South Carolina.


“We are experiencing tremendous growth statewide in staff and programs at 1890 Research & Extension,” said Dr. Louis Whitesides, executive director of 1890 programs. “It is vital to have a professional who possesses the knowledge and experience required to effectively plan, design and incorporate employment-development initiatives that will enhance our staff and continue our mission of serving South Carolinians.”


Harley is a graduate of Claflin University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management. She holds a professional in human resources certification, and an SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) certified professional designation.