Inaugural 1890 Leadership Institute trains 18 to lead SC communities

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Eighteen South Carolinians are now better equipped to serve the communities in which they live and work after recently completing intensive training through the 1890 Leadership Institute. The SC State University 1890 Research & Extension Program launched the new initiative to enhance the leadership capacity of early, mid and high level leaders so they can effect positive changes in their living and working environments.

Inaugural 1890 Leadership Institute class “Communities across the country are in dire need of strong leaders,” said Dr. Louis Whitesides, director of the Institute. “The individuals who comprised the inaugural cohort for the 1890 Leadership Institute undoubtedly possess the courage needed to shape a better future for those whom they serve.”

Members who participated in the leadership development program represent non-profits, agricultural cooperatives, education, health care and government agencies. The competitively selected participants are:

  • Samaria Ashford, Sports, Intelligence, and Solutions, LLC,  Columbia
  • Charles and Betty Malloy, Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Marlboro County, Bennettsville
  • Sylvia Palmer, CDC of Marlboro County, Bennettsville
  • Patricia Evans, Highly Favored, Inc., Cheraw
  • Barbara Bowman, Lower Orangeburg/Upper Dorchester CDC, Bowman
  • Kizzie Scott, Orangeburg County Registration and Elections, Orangeburg
  • Theresa Williams, Select Health of SC, Inc., Charleston
  • Lolita Furby, Select Health of SC, Inc., Charleston
  • Kevin Powell, 1890 Research & Extension, Bennettsville
  • Johnny Sellers, Marlboro County Department of Social Services, Bennettsville
  • Stacie Thompson, IMPACT, Anderson
  • R. Lynn Scott, United Way of Anderson County, Anderson
  • John Bright, Pee Dee Small Farmers Association, Bennettsville
  • Johnny Culbreath, Peoples Farmers Cooperative, Nesmith
  • Robert J. Johnson, Local Organizing Committee of Orangeburg County, Orangeburg
  • Charles McDuffie, Pee Dee Small Farmers Association, Clio
  • Azeez and Fatima Mustafa, Sumter Cooperative Farmers, Sumter


The three-day institute was held last Dec. 2-4 at the John W. Matthews Jr. 1890 Extension Center in Orangeburg.  Led by 1890 Extension agents and SC State faculty, the institute was based on a three-phase leadership concept which included an analysis of a comprehensive self- assessment, completion of rigorous leadership training and an examination of complex issues affecting communities across the state.

In addition, experienced leaders from the University, state government and other sectors shared effective leadership methods with the group. Among those who addressed the cohort were Dr. G. Dale Wesson, vice president for Research, Economic Development and Public Service; executive director of 1890 Programs and executive director of the James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center; state Sen. John W. Matthews Jr., who served as the keynote address speaker ; Bill Carter, owner of Bill Carter Agency (State Farm Insurance); Melvin Smoak, superintendent of Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five; Carolyn Emmanuel-McClain, executive consultant of Management Solutions Consulting Group, Inc., and state Rep. Jerry Govan.

“Most often ordinary men and women improve communities at the grassroots level by working tirelessly to develop opportunities that will enhance their community.  The 1890 Leadership Institute provides current and potential leaders all the right tools, guidance, structure and assessments needed to transform their community, which, ultimately, will contribute to the advancement of the state,” said Delbert Foster, 1890 Extension administrator.

The 1890 Leadership Institute will be held annually.  A request for applicants for the next Institute will be announced fall 2010.  For more details on the 1890 Leadership Institute, contact 1890 Extension at (803) 536-8460.