SC State Announces Presidential Search Finalists

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

SC State University Presidential Search Committee chairman, Maurice G. Washington, today, announces the names of five applicants who have been selected as finalists for the presidency of the South Carolina State University.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

JOHNSON O. AKINLEYE, Ph.D., currently the associate vice chancellor for academic programs at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington;

JULIETTE B. BELL, Ph. D., currently the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Fayetteville State University;

GEORGE E. COOPER, Ph.D., currently the deputy administrator, for Science and Education Resources Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture;

LAWRENCE F. DAVENPORT, Ph. D., currently the interim president of PARAGON FOUNDATION in West Palm Beach, Fl.;

JUANITA P. FAIN, Ph. D., currently the vice president for planning at the University of Nevada, (Las Vegas).

“I am not at all surprised at the quantity or quality of the applicants that expressed interest in the presidency of SC State University,” Washington stated. “The Committee (presidential search) began with 42 candidates, narrowed that to 10, and then again to five. SC State is indeed an institution of great heritage, and a true higher education leader in the United States; and we are committed to appointing the most excellent talent to lead our University into the future,” he continued.

The five applicants will meet with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members during their visits to SC State’s campus. Following the campus visit, the search process will then be completed by the SC State’s Board of Trustees, who will ultimately appoint the 10th President of SC State University.

“I am so proud of the members of the search committee who have given so unselfishly of themselves to ensure that the most qualified of the candidates have been advanced for on campus interviews and the opportunity for our University family to meet, greet, and engage them in dialogue. Our future is brighter than our past,” Washington concluded.

Members of the SC State Presidential Search Committee are: Maurice G. Washington (Search Committee Chairman), Chairman of the SC State Board of Trustees; Lumus Byrd (Search Committee Vice Chairman), SC State Board of Trustees; Reggie Gallant, SC State Board of Trustees; Earl Bridges, SC State Board of Trustees; Faculty Representative, Dr. Evelyn Fields, president of the SC State Faculty Senate; Staff Representative, The Honorable Lonnie Hosey, director of the Adult and Continuing Education Program at SC State; Student Representative, Jeremy Rogers, president of the Student Government Association; Alumni Representatives, Col. (RET) Ned Felder, parliamentarian of the South Carolina State University National Alumni Association and Harry Hoskins, president of the Washington, DC chapter of the South Carolina State University National Alumni Association; Board of Visitors/Corporate Representative, James C. Hampton, senior field systems operator, Lockheed Martin; Corporate/Community Representative, Randy Snell, director of human resource management, Zeus Industries; Community Representative, Carole Cato; Political Representatives, The Honorable Andre Bauer, S.C. lieutenant governor, The Honorable Leon Howard, chairman of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus, and Inez Tenenbaum, former S.C. superintendent of education.

Specific stakeholder meeting dates and times will be released once confirmed.

The new president is expected to start on July 1, 2008.