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South Carolina State University Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of SC State University, charged by the state of South Carolina to oversee the operation and management of the university. Guided by its bylaws, members of the board execute its functions to ensure the university remains viable for this and future generations. In such capacity, the Board shall define the mission, role and scope of the university; establish the general policies of the university; plan the university's broad program of educational activity; approve the budget for the fiscal year, assist in soliciting financial resources and serves as an advocate for the university as well as provide ultimate accountability to the public and the South Carolina General Assembly.

The governing board will operate free from undue influence from political, religious, other external entities or bodies and protect the institution from such influence. While the board directs the president to implement and achieve policies and goals, the president is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day management of the university.

McMaster Henry McMaster
Governor of South Carolina
Ex-Officio Chair
Milton Irvin Milton Irvin
Retired Investment Banker

Mailing Address
36 Inverness Drive
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910
rodjenkins Rodney C. Jenkins ‘73
Vice Chair
CEO, PRJ Consulting, LLC

Mailing Address
8208 Hunt Club Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29223

Starlee Alexander Starlee D. Alexander
Insurance Agent

Mailing Address
2027 South Irby Street
Florence, South Carolina 29501

Hamilton Grant Hamilton R. Grant ‘11
VP of Grant Business Strategies, Inc.

Mailing Address
1203 Glendevon Circle
Columbia, South Carolina 29229
Keith Harvin
Doward Keith K. Harvin ‘04
CEO/Attorney of Law, Doward Keith Harvin, LLC

Mailing Address
Post Office Box 520
Hemingway, South Carolina 29554
Doris Helms Dr. Doris Helms
Retired Provost, Clemson University

Mailing Address
1218 Creekwatch Trace
Johns Island, South Carolina 29455
Monica Scott

Monica R. Scott
Retired VP, College of Charleston

Mailing Address
64 Bull Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

Donnie Shell Donnie Shell, ‘74
Retired Pittsburgh Steeler and NFL Executive

Mailing Address
2945 Shandon Road
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
Wilbur Shuler

Dr. Wilbur B. Shuler ‘68
Retired University Administrator

Mailing Address
2270 Myers Road
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29115

Gerald Shuler

Dr. Gerald Hubbard Smalls ‘88
Attorney, Professor and Entrepreneur

Mailing Address
41 Ganibrille Court
Simpsonville, South Carolina 29681

Daniel Varat

Dr. Daniel R. Varat

Mailing Address
225 Abenaki Way
Piedmont, South Carolina 29673

Jeff Vizani

Jeff Vinzani
Attorney, Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC

Mailing Address
225 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 207
Charleston, South Carolina 29492


Johnny Funny
Mr. John J. Funny
President / CEO
Grice Consulting Group, LLC
One Atlantic Center

Mailing Address
1201 West Peachtree Street
Suite 600, 6th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Deandre Hurley

Mr. DeAndre Hurley
President, Student Government Association

Mailing Address
300 College Street, NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117

Kenita Pitts

Mrs. Kenita Pitts Howard
President, Staff Senate

Mailing Address
300 College Street, NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117

David Staten

Dr. David Staten
President, Faculty Senate

Mailing Address
300 College Street, NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117