Brigadier General Stephen M. Twitty Keynotes 114th Founders’ Day Anniversary at SC State University

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

TwiitySC State University will celebrate the 114th anniversary of its founding at the annual Founders’ Day Convocation on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 at 4 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton (SHM) Memorial Center. 


This year’s Founders’ Day theme is “Honoring Our Heritage: Forging Our Future.”


During the event, SC State University will announce the distinguished alumni and 10, 20 and 30-year faculty and staff service award recipients, as well as the 2010 inductees to the Quarter Century Club and Thomas E. Miller Society.


The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Barbara Brewer on behalf of the class of 1959.


The Distinguished Alumnus Awards will be presented to Ned E. Felder, ‘59 and Brigadier General Stephen M. Twitty, ’85. 

The Distinguished Alumna Award will be presented to Josephine Evans, ’54.


The Distinguished Service Awards will be presented to Don Tribble and Councilman Willie B. Owens, Sr., ‘60.


The Outstanding Accomplishments and Achievements Award will be presented to Mr. Earl Wilson, ’77.


The Founders’ Day keynote address will be delivered by Brigadier General Stephen M. Twitty. 


Brigadier General Twitty is a 1985 distinguished military graduate from SC State University. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich, and a master’s degree in national security from the National War College in Washington, D.C.


A native of Chesnee, S.C., Brigadier General Twitty’s army career spans over 24 years. He has served in a variety of assignments throughout the United States and overseas. Those assignments include duty at Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; Heidelberg, Germany; Schweinfurt, Germany; Mons, Belgium; Fort Bliss, TX.; and Colorado Springs, Colo. Brigadier General Twitty is currently serving at Fort McPherson, Ga. as the chief of staff of United States Central Command.


Brigadier General Twitty has served in four combat tours; during the first Gulf War in Operation Desert Storm, and most recently three tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was awarded the Silver Star Medal, our nation’s third highest award for valor. Brigadier General Twitty received this award for his actions as an Infantry Battalion commander during the fall of Baghdad in 2003. He has also been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. Brigadier General Twitty was inducted into the Army ROTC Hall of Fame in 2009, and was selected as one of South Carolina State University’s Distinguished Alumni in 2004.


Brigadier General Twitty is married to the former Karen M. Wilson. They have two daughters, Ashley and Brooke.



SC State University’s 114th Founders’ Day Weekend also includes the following activities:


The 2010 SC State University Foundation Scholarship Gala and Tribute featuring Regina Belle
Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center (SHM)
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at 7 p.m.


The Thomas E. Miller Society Breakfast

Robert S. Evans Walnut Room

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 at 9 a.m.

(Invitation only)


Quarter Century Club Luncheon

K.W. Green Student Center (Bulldog Lounge)

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 at 1 p.m.

(Invitation only)