Two SC State University Trustees honored for service, dedication

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

ORANGEBURG – During the recent Board Retreat of the SC State University Board of Trustees, two trustees were honored for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the institution.

Trustee Lumus Byrd of Clinton, S.C., received the “Outstanding Freshman Trustee of the Year” award. Trustee Martha Scott Smith of Columbia, S.C., received the “Outstanding Trustee of the Year” award.

Trustee Lumus ByrdA member of the Board since 2006, Trustee Lumus Byrd, District #3, Seat #3, has made a “tremendous impact by faithfully giving of his time and energy,” said Trustee Maurice Washington, board chairman.

“Trustee Byrd diligently prepares for and participates in all meetings of the SC State Board of Trustees, as well as all University events,” he continued. “Such dedication is a true testament of how serious he takes his membership and the role that he plays on the Board,” continued Washington.

Trustee Byrd, a 1965 SC State alumnus, serves as chairman of the Budget, Audit, Facilities and Grounds Committee for SC State’s Board of Trustees. He also serves as chairman of the Board of Visitors at Presbyterian College, and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Associated Marine Institute (AMI), Clinton YMCA, Laurens County Community Foundation, Rotary of Clinton, Laurens County Literacy Council and the Clinton Economic Development Corporation, where he serves on the executive committee. Trustee Byrd also serves on the Board of Commissioners of the Clinton Museum; local Board of Directors of the U.S. Selective Service System; and advisory board of Carolina First Bank.

Trustee Martha Scott SmithTrustee Martha Scott Smith, the governor's appointee, has served on the SC State Board of Trustees since 2003.

“Over the years, Trustee Smith has simply been an outstanding asset to the Board and the University,” Washington said. “She speaks candidly, but is always willing to support the decisions and policies approved by the Board’s majority.”

Trustee Smith is the newly appointed Public Affairs Director for AT&T in South Carolina and is a member of the S.C. senior management team. Smith is the former chairwoman of the Boards of Directors of the American Red Cross, the S.C. Museum Foundation, Midlands Technical College Foundation and a founding member of United Way’s Women in Philanthropy. Currently, she serves as chairwoman of the board of the S.C. College Summit, secretary of the River Alliance, and is incoming chairwoman of the Northeast Chamber of Commerce. These are just a sampling of her many diverse civic and community commitments.

Over the last couple of years, Smith has been influential in securing over $200,000 of corporate investment for the University. This includes the recent AT&T title sponsorship of the first Presidential Democratic Debate of the 2008 election cycle, held this past April at SC State. She currently chairs the Institutional Advancement, Marketing, Public Relations and Fundraising Committee at SC State, and, this year, provided leadership as the institution launched a successful re-branding campaign, which included a new visual identity and updated website.