SC State kicks off the Fall 2008 Business Executive Series

Monday, September 15, 2008

Orangeburg, S.C – The College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, Business Program, will officially kick off its fall 2008 Executive Speaker Series on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 in Belcher Hall, 4th floor auditorium at 12:00p.m.

The executive speaker series is a partnership between participating companies, government, professional organizations, private and public community sectors, and the business program. It supports the college’s mission to provide quality management education and leadership to produce competitive graduates for a global and diverse environment.

Past participants have come from a wide array of companies and industries, including Pfizer, Inc., Ernest and Young, AT&T, Black Enterprise, SCANA, Sonoco, Bank of America, Milliken & Company, Time Warner Cable, Monsanto Company, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

The first speaker for the fall 2008 Business Speaker Series will be Dr. George E. Cooper, 10th president of SC State. His topic will be “Perspectives on Agri-business and Economics.”

Prior to his current position, Dr. Cooper served as deputy administrator for Science and Education Resources Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). His broad responsibilities included the coordination of education, research and extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences and international programs.

He managed a grants portfolio of approximately $140 million dollars to support the following: The National Needs Graduate Fellowships Program; Multicultural Scholars; Higher Education Challenge Grants Program; 1890 Universities Teaching and Research Capacity Building Grants Program; Tribal Colleges Endowment Fund; Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants Program; Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program; Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Challenge Grants Program; Agriculture in the Classroom Program; Evans-Allen Research Program; 1890 Cooperative Extension Program; Agriculture in the Classroom Program; 1890 Facilities Program; International Programs; and coordination of the National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences; the CSREES Faculty Fellows Program and the Food and Agriculture Education Information System.

Dr. Cooper also served as vice president for academic affairs and professor of animal science at Alabama A&M University; associate professor and dean of the School of Applied Sciences, and the School of Agriculture and Home Economics at Tuskegee University; animal nutritionist with Winrock International Livestock Research and Training Center; and animal nutritionist with USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. He has served on the advisory committee of the Joint Experiment Station Committee or Organization and Policy and Academic Committee on Organization and Policy Leadership Development Program, and on a number of advisory committees, serving the needs of academic, research and extension programs at land grant colleges and universities.

Dr. Cooper has many other experiences to include extensive travel to other countries - Africa, Central and South America and the Caribbean, reviewing, planning and evaluating efforts related to agriculture. He is also widely published, has membership in many professional organizations, and has completed several executive leadership programs.

Dr. Cooper has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry from Florida A&M University, a Master of Science in Animal Science from Tuskegee University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead, leadership and professional development coordinator, at 803-516-4864 or Ms. Debbie Morant, administrative specialist at 803-536-7138.