SC State appoints two Interim Deans

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dr. Stacey E. Settle, MBA program director in the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, has been appointed interim dean of the School of Graduate Studies; and Dr. Ronald E. Speight, associate professor of Education and Director of the “Call Me Mister” Program, has been appointed interim dean of the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences. They both will begin in their new roles on January 1, 2010, and will serve until permanent deans are named.

Dr. Settle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Cheney State College, and  a Master of Business Administration and a Ph.D. in communication studies from Howard University.

A member of the graduate faculty at SC State, Dr. Settle has 11 years of professional experience in administration, career services, student services and teaching in a college/university setting.  He has previously served as special assistant to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at North Carolina Central University and director of Voorhees College Management Institute.  He has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in business administration and communications at Howard University, North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University and Webster University Graduate School of Business.  Dr. Settle has also authored two books. 

Dr. Settle will provide the leadership necessary to strengthen South Carolina State University’s graduate programs while advancing the academic mission of the institution.

Dr. Speight earned a Bachelor of Science degree in visual communications and a Master of Arts degree in educational media and technology from North Carolina Central University. He also received a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University.   

Dr. Speight previously served as the coordinator of Middle School Education as well as director of the Learning Laboratory in the Department of Education at SC State.  He also served as director of the Learning Center at North Carolina Central University and consultant for public schools and institutions of higher learning in the areas of instructional media and learning resource centers. 

Dr. Speight has served as an officer of several state, regional and national boards.  He also assisted with the development of the Middle Level Teacher Certification Program for SC State that was recently approved by the State Department of Education; participated in the USAID Textbook and Learning Materials Program grant for the development of textbooks for Zanzibar, Tanzania; served as a member of the most recent NCATE self-study steering committee; and has written two grants that provided funding for a partnership between SC State and the Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five.

For additional information, contact Dr. Joyce A. Blackwell, vice president for Academic Affairs at SC State University at (803) 536-7180.