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2015 Professors and Staff Employees of the Year


SC State University is pleased to recognize the recipients of the 2014-2015 Professors and Staff Employees of the Year, who were recognized by Acting President Dr. W. Franklin Evans, vice presidents and deans of their respective divisions and colleges/schools for outstanding performance. These employees’ enthusiasm, unparalleled customer service and commitment to the university have helped make SC State the progressive institution it is today.



2015 Professors of the Year



Dr. Jaejoo Lim Lim

Lim is an associate professor in the School of Business and the Department of Business Administration. Prior to attending graduate school, he acquired extensive experience in the private sector including management positions in marketing and finance, while working for companies in Hong Kong and South Korea. He received his Ph.D. from Clemson University and arrived at SC State in 2007. He has developed innovative coursework for the business curriculum, engaging students in a way that is both meaningful and fun. His teaching includes both undergraduate courses and graduate courses in the MBA program. He is the recipient of numerous awards and continues to publish his research in which students are active participants.

The School of Business congratulates Dr. Jaejoo Lim.





Dr. Sukari B. Saloné Dr. Sukari B. Saloné

Saloné is an associate professor in the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English and Modern Languages. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1983. She has extensive experience in international study, research and travel in particular to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including an appointment as a Fulbright Scholar to Sudan. Prior to her arrival at SC State in 2008, she held positions at a number of institutions including Howard, Yale and the University of South Carolina. Her linguistic abilities include conversing in Swahili, French, Arabic and Yoruba. She engages students through the many courses she has taught in the areas of language and culture and through her participation in concerts and other musical performances.

The College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences congratulates Dr. Sukari B. Saloné.




Dr. Sheila M. Littlejohn Dr. Sheila M. Littlejohn

Littlejohn is an associate professor in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. She had a wide range of experience prior to receiving her Ph.D. She was a pre-school teacher, an associate county extension agent for Clemson University, an intern for the Florida Legislature and the director of the Bethel Christian Academy in Tallahassee, Fla. She received her Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1996 and arrived at SC State the next year. She continues to publish her work on a wide range of topics from bullying to cultural diversity in pre-school. She is heavily involved in campus and community service. She has developed new coursework for her department and engages students at the undergraduate and graduate levels through her teaching and research.

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies congratulates Dr. Sheila M. Littlejohn.




Dr. Waltena Simpson Dr. Waltena Simpson

Simpson is an associate professor in the College of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology and the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences. She received her Doctor of Science in 2001 from Boston University and arrived at SC State the same year. She continues to publish her research and has received extensive extramural funding from such agencies as the Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institutes of Health. Her work on microbes has received media attention for its application to help of cleanup with oil spills. She has been involved in designing new courses and revising existing ones including creating a laboratory manual for an upper level biology course. She engages students in her research with hands-on participation at every level, from project startup to publication.

The College of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology congratulates Dr. Waltena Simpson.




2015 Staff Employees of the Year



Beverly H. Green Beverly H. Green

Green has been a loyal and dedicated employee of SC State University over six years. She is a diligent and committed worker when it comes to her career as well as in her community service efforts. Her contributions speak volumes about her character and her tenacity. She also assists students with their access to Blackboard and helps her co-workers in whatever way she can to ensure the office operates efficiently and effectively. She serves as co-advisor for Iota Phi Theta Fraternity at SC State. Professionally and through her community services, Green spends several hours mentoring young girls at Mellichamp Elementary School assisting them with reading and homework. She is active with the Upstate Young Marine Corp, Pine Hill Fire and Rescue Volunteer and Community Planner. She is also an active member of the S.C. Association of Government Administrations Records and Archives.

The Division of Operations congratulates Beverly H. Green for being chosen staff employee of the year.




Seleta S. Byrd Seleta S. Byrd

Byrd has been an employee of SC State for over 27 years. She started her journey as an administrative assistant in the history department and quickly worked her way up the ladder and was promoted to a student services coordinator in the unit of Freshmen Programs, now Student Success and Retention. Byrd is a consummate professional, a stickler for detail and displays a caring and personable approach to every aspect of her employment as a student success professional. Her co-workers find her work ethic beyond reproach and, when engaging her in conversations, really get a kick out of hearing her “robust” laughter, which they say is infectious. Her melodic voice can often be heard humming or singing inspirational songs throughout the office. Byrd is a dedicated and dependable worker who exemplifies ‘bulldog’ tenacity in all assigned tasks.

The Enrollment Management Division congratulates Seleta S. Byrd for being chosen staff employee of the year.




Shenise Ford Shenise Ford

Ford is the administrative specialist in the Office of the Dean for the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a model employee, who is dependable, efficient and demonstrates unfailing punctuality. She takes on difficult projects, and always sees them to successful completion. She is an incredibly dedicated and driven professional. These assets, along with her stellar time management and organizational skills, make her successful in her work. One of her many attributes is her ability to assist others in advancing their knowledge and expertise. She works diligently to provide staff with the tools necessary to complete their duties. She also projects a warm, cheerful attitude to internal and external customers. Ford loves people and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her. She also has unbelievable creative skills as a poet and song writer.

The Academic Division congratulates Shenise Ford for being chosen staff employee of the year.




Andrea S. Milford-Williams Andrea S. Milford-Williams

Milford-Williams is the marketing coordinator, and has worked at SC State for over four years. Her service to the university has been exemplary, particularly in helping to build the brand of the university. She was instrumental in the planning of two community-centered events, HBCU Week and the Gang Summit, held in conjunction with the City of Orangeburg and several schools within Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5. In early November of last year, Milford-Williams took on new responsibilities to assist the public relations unit of the university, in drafting press releases and news stories that tell the SC State University story. She has been using her creative talents to help develop new programs and initiatives that are aimed at further promoting the university’s brand, and has done so with a dedicated spirit of helping others, especially alumni.

She equally shares a commitment to improving her community by working with youth. She serves as a mentor at Canaan Baptist Church in Branchville, S.C., counseling them on healthy and effectual ways to navigate life’s challenges. She also provides administrative services to the Praise and Worship Team and Youth Choir. Milford-Williams best exemplifies the caliber of recipients, who have been recognized with such an esteemed honor for excellence in service to SC State University.

The Division of External Affairs and Communication/Institutional Advancement is honored to have Andrea S. Milford-Williams recognized as their staff employee of the year.




Cammy D. Grate Cammy D. Grate

Grate is the interim director for Judicial Affairs, with more than four years of service to the university. She single-handily successfully balanced the operations of the office with the efficiency and care required by the sensitive nature of the matters that come before her daily. She handles each situation with a positive attitude, and has managed to create an atmosphere of equity and equanimity, that students respect. Shortly after assuming her position, she recognized that some infractions could cost students their collegiate careers and implemented “the Sanction and Volunteer Program.” Her foresight in implementing this program has provided a number of benefits for all involved, specifically our students. She is working on a proposal for SC State’s participation in President Obama’s Nationwide Volunteer Initiative, which will open the doors to a world of opportunities for service learning. Honesty, integrity, reliability, diligence and dedication, all of these and more, are what makes Grate a positive role model to be emulated. While she is entrusted with numerous high-level assignments to include chairing and serving on several committees; none of these would be possible without her commitment to excellence. She is an awesome vocalist, in fact a first soprano.

She equally shares a commitment to improving her community by working with youth. She serves as a mentor at Canaan Baptist Church in Branchville, S.C., counseling them on healthy and effectual ways to navigate life’s challenges. She also provides administrative services to the Praise and Worship Team and Youth Choir. Milford-Williams best exemplifies the caliber of recipients, who have been recognized with such an esteemed honor for excellence in service to SC State University.

The Student Affairs Division is honored to congratulate Cammy D. Grate for being chosen staff employee of the year.