Dr. Willie L. Todd Jr. appointed as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services at DTC.

DENMARK, S.C. – Denmark Technical College announces the hiring of Dr. Willie L. Todd Jr., as Vice President of academic affairs and student services, effective July 29.

In this role, he will oversee both the academic programming as well as the student experience within the college. Todd formerly served as the provost and Vice President for academic affairs at Wiley College.

Todd’s interest in coming to DTC was a result of his commitment to working with HBCU students to make a difference in their lives. He also saw the racially and culturally diverse mix of rural and urban students that DTC services as an exciting opportunity.

“I chose Denmark Tech as my new home because I support the mission and vision of the college. I understand the impact that schools like DTC have on the lives of families all across this great nation. Denmark Technical College is well poised to meet the needs of our constituents as we prepare them to lead locally, regionally, nationally, and globally,” said Todd.

Todd has extensive record in higher education, including vice provost and associate vice provost at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.; executive director of student affairs, director of leadership and student development, undergraduate program coordinator and professor at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.; adjunct professor at Georgia State a university at Perimeter College, Decatur, Ga.; adjunct professor at Dalton College, and director of the Developmental Students Writing Laboratory at Albany State University, Albany, Ga.

Todd earned a bachelor of arts in English and a master of education in English Education both from Albany State University; a master of education in higher education administration (student affairs’ concentration) from Regent University; and a doctor of philosophy in English from Georgia State University.

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About Denmark Technical College

Denmark Technical College is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year technical college located in rural Bamberg County in South Carolina. The college annually serves approximately 2,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non traditional, full-time and part-time. Denmark Technical College is the only technical college in the State of South Carolina with on-campus housing. For more information, visit www.denmarktech.edu.

DENMARK, S.C. – Voorhees College recently ended the fiscal year raising $1,150,850.35.

The Voorhees College National Alumni Association (VCNAA) contributed more than $200,000 this fiscal year. The association has generated $1M in funds over the last five years.

President W. Franklin Evans said Voorhees College alumni are second to non and one of the institution’s biggest supporters.

“Our alumni have been an intricate part in the success of the institution. They come through to assist whenever they are called upon giving from their hearts,” said Evans. “I salute our Tiger alumni family for what they have achieved.”

Also, during the fiscal year, Voorhees celebrated reaching 100% faculty and staff giving. Sarah Simpson, development officer for faculty/staff giving and church relations, said this has not been done before.

“Throughout the year, we created new avenues for faculty/staff appreciation and giving efforts. Strengthening affinity and commitments to the institution we all serve,” Simpson said.

The Division of Institution Advancement and Development under the direction of Vice President Dr. Gwynth R. Nelson, successfully surpassed the annual goal of raising $1M two fiscal years in a row. This year saw an increase in two of the institution’s signature events: UNCF Corporate and Community Lunchoen which raises more than $15,000 and the Presidential Scholarship Gala which raised approximately $200,000.

Nelson said Voorhees has had a successful 2018-2019 fiscal year.

“I would like to thank my team, all of the loyal Voorhees supporters, and President Evans’ vision.  We are already putting our resources together to launch several campaigns for the new fiscal year. Our capabilities will be limitless as we continue to begin, believe, and become Voorhees College,” said Nelson.

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About Voorhees College

Voorhees College is a four-year, co-educational, career-oriented liberal arts colleges affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. Voorhees College is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s degrees. For more information, visit www.voorhees.edu.

Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack

ORANGEBURG, SC – The Claflin University Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Dr. Dwuan J. Warmack as the ninth president of the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in South Carolina, effective August 1, 2019. He succeeds Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, who is retiring after 25 years of tranformational leadership at the Orangeburg, S.C., institution founded in 1869.

Dr. Warmack will assume the mantle of leadership at Claflin after serving the last five years as President at Harris-Stowe State University in Missouri. He brings more than 25 years of progressive administrative experience in higher education at five distinct higher education institutions. Provost Dwayne Smith will serve as interim president at HSSU during the search for Warmack’s replacement.

“Dr. Warmack was unanimously chosen to lead Claflin University from a pool of highly qualified applicants,” said James K. Lehman, Chair of the Board. “We believe he will continue Claflin’s upward trajectory, keeping the university among the nation’s leading institutions of higher education. he brings a brand of leadership that is inclusive, transparent and inspires teamwork.”

Under Dr. Warmack’s exemplary leadership, Harris-Stowe witnessed an institutional transformation, which is unparalleled in its 162-year history. He has shepherded more than $24 million in external funding to the institution, including a $5 million STEM grant, the largest in the school’s history. He cultivated more than 16 partnerships and collaborations with Fortune 500 companies, regional organizations and other higher education institutions to strengthen Harris-Stowe’s infrastructure.

“I am honored to lead one of the nation’s premier Historically Black College and Universities that has a tradition of producing visionary leaders and a proven track record devoted to student success,” said Warmack. “My aspiration is to honor President Tisdale’s amazing legacy, by continuing the Claflin standard as a beacon of excellence in higher education for future generation to come. I am humbled by the opportunity afforded me to carry the torch and continue the growth and development of Claflin University as a dynamic and powerful center of scholarship, research and education.”

Prior to his appointment as President of Harris-Stowe, he served as the Senior Vice President, Administration and Student Services at Bethune-Cookman University. Prior to that appointment, he was the Associate Dean of Students at Rhodes College in Memphis, where he had oversight over Student Affairs and Administration including Judicial Affairs, Student Activities, Greek Life, New Student and Parent Orientation and Multicultural Affairs. Dr Warmack also held positions at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., and Delta State University.

Dr. Warmach is committed to developing programs that promote diversity, pluralism and cultural competency. Throughout his career, he has championed inclusion, academic excellence and the retention of underrepresented students. Over the years, he has presented more than 120 diversity and leadership presentations and workshops to an array of individuals and groups. He was recently selected as an Eisenhower Fellow, a highly selective and worldwide competitive fellowship.

Dr. Warmach earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Master’s degree in Sociology from Delta State University. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Higher Education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He completed post-doctoral work in Educational Leadership at Harvard University School of Education.

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About Claflin University

Claflin University is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A historically black University founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Claflin is dedicated to providing a student-centered, liberal arts education grounded in cutting-edge research, experiential learning, state-of-the-art technology, community service, and life-long personal and professional fulfillment. For more information, visit www.claflin.edu.

ORANGEBURG, SC – SC State University will hold its Spring Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. New Jersey senator and 2020 presidential candidate, Cory Booker, will deliver the commencement speech to the 2019 graduating class.

A native of Washington, D.C, Booker has dedicated his life to fighting for those who have been left out, left behind or left without a voice. In 1996, he moved to Newark, New Jersey, and founded a nonprofit organization to provide legal services for low-income families, helping tenants take on slumlords, improve their living conditions and stay in their homes.

At age 29, Booker was elected to the Newark City Council, and beginning in 2006, he served as Newark’s mayor for more than seven years. He said he is running for president to reignite a spirit of common purpose to build a fairer and just nation for everyone.

Booker was the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. In the Senate, he has been a vocal critic of the Trump Administration and has underlined the importance of unity and fundamental American values. He has also championed policies that advance economic and equal justice — including leading efforts to reform the broken criminal justice system, increase wages, ensure hard work is fairly rewarded and protect the rights of all Americans to breathe clean air and drink clean water.

Booker held form at SC State last October on the importance of voting in the primary election of November 2018. During the forum, he emphasized the powerful and vital impact today’s youth can have on society when they use their voices for change.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to address the graduating class at South Carolina State University’s Commencement Ceremony. With so many challenges to take on, I believe that this generation will help to chart this nation’s course for decades to come. By coming together in this moment, we can ignite a sense of common purpose that I believe is vital in moving our country forward,” said Booker.

About South Carolina State University

South Carolina State University (SC State) is a historically Black public 1890 land-grant senior comprehensive institution. Located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, SC State University is committed to providing affordable and accessible quality baccalaureate programs in the areas of business, applied professional sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, engineering technology, education, arts, and humanities. A number of programs are offered at the master’s level in teaching, human services and agribusiness, and the educational specialist and doctorate programs are offered in educational administration. For more information, visit www.scsu.edu

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ROCK HILL, SC – The Clinton College Board of Trustees announced that it has completed its search and has removed the ‘Interim’ title from Dr. Lester A. McCorn as the 13th President of Clinton College on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Dr. McCorn’s has been acting president for the past year and has more than three decades of leadership experience. He joins Clinton College after serving as the senior pastor at Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

“As a product of an Historically Black College and the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, this appointment allows me the opportunity to expand the very important mission of a faith-based institution of higher learning at a critical period in our nation’s history. I am committed to leading the College and serving the community with ‘Excellence Without Excuse,'” said Dr. McCorn.

Dr. McCorn succeeds Dr. Elaine Copeland, who retired in 2018 after leading as president for 16 years.

“Clinton is entering a growth phrase and we’re projecting increases and advancements in student enrollment, physical plant, and state and federal funding and alumni and community support. We’re confident we have selected the right leader for such a time as this,” said Bishop Mildred B. Hines, Board of Trustees Chairperson.

A news conference with Dr. McCorn is planned for Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. on campus.

For more information about Dr. Lester A. McCorn, click here.

ABOUT CLINTON COLLEGE

Clinton College is a Historically Black, private institution with a strong Liberal Arts tradition. The College was founded in 1894 by The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church to meet the needs of descendants of slaves who did not have access to higher education. Today, the doors of the institution are open to all, those who have achieved academically and to those who have yet to reach their full potential. In keeping with its rich tradition, the College continues to provide a learning milieu for students to promote academic achievement and positive moral and spiritual development. This environment fosters leadership qualities and encourages students to be good citizens who can contribute to a global society. For more information about Clinton College, please visit www.clintoncollege.edu.

DENMARK, SCVoorhees College continually holds the distinct honor of being the last institution standing that was founded by one of Booker T. Washington’s students.

Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, who was at the age of 23, began her studies at Booker T. Washington’s famed Tuskegee Institute. She said time at Tuskegee gave her a mission in life: being “the same type of woman as Mr. Washington was of a man.” Knowing the importance of education, she moved to Denmark and started the first of several schools in the rural area. She survived threats, attacks, and arson.

Wright went back to Tuskegee to finish her degree before returning to South Carolina to try again. Undeterred and envisioning a better future for blacks through education, she founded Denmark Industrial School in 1897, modeling it after Tuskegee. New Jersey philanthropist Ralph Voorhees and his wife donated $5,000 to buy the land and build the first building, allowing the school to open in 1902 with Wright as principal. It was the only high school for blacks in the area.

In 1947, the school became Voorhees School and Junior College. And in 1962, it was accredited as four-year Voorhees College.

Today, Voorhees College survives as a small institution that takes pride in its rich history and is dedicated to catering to student’s academic, professional, social, and spiritual needs in order to assist them in fulfilling their higher education goals. Dating back to Wright’s era, there has been a debate between those who follow the philosophy of Dr. Booker T. Washington and advocated education aimed at teaching job skills and those who believe, as Dr. W.E.B. Dubois did, that a liberal education would help young adults develop as leaders. The Voorhees curriculum today is a mix of the two views.

The institution offers each student a comprehensive general education experience coupled with a values-centered liberal arts environment that supports opportunities designed to help prepare students to function in a diverse and increasingly technology society.

 

Source: www.voorhees.edu/blog/voorhees-the-last-school-standing

ROCK HILL, SC  The Rev. Dr. Bernice King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will deliver the commencement address to the spring 2018 graduates at Clinton College. The commencement exercises will be held at the Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina on Saturday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Bernice King is the youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King. After her father was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968, King was one of the only one of the family’s four children to follow her father into the ministry; her preaching style is seen as similar to his. She is Chief Executive Officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia.

Clinton College has announce the awarding of two honorary doctorate degrees at this year’s Commencement Ceremonies. The Reverend Dr. Bernice King will receive the Doctor of Divinity and State Senator John L. Scott will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters. 

For more information about Clinton College Commencement Ceremonies, visit www.clintoncollege.edu.

SUMTER, SC – Morris College has named Leroy Staggers as “president-elect” on March 29 at a special called meeting. Straggers as been serving as interim president since July 1, 2017, after succeeding former President Luns C. Richardson who retired on June 30. Morris College than announced the passing of Dr. Luns C. Richardson on January 13, 2108. He died at the age of 89 in his hometown of Hartsville, SC.

According to The Sumter Item, College Board Chairman the Rev. Mack Hines said Friday that Staggers would serve as interim president through June 30. On July 1, Staggers will officially become Morris’ new president.

Staggers has worked at Morris for 25 years since being hired in 1993. For most of that time, he was the college’s academic dean, in which capacity he supervised all academic programs at Morris, all faculty members, and academic instructional support programs, according to the college. Before arriving at Morris, Straggers served as vice president of academic affairs, associate professor of English and director of faculty development at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina.

Hines said he thinks Staggers is the right person for the job considering his long history with the school and that he’s a scholar with an earned Ph.D.

In its presidential search application process, Hines said 81 applicants applied for the job. The vote for Staggers was unanimous.

“The faculty knows him and respects him, and the students do, as well,” Hines said. “He also has a sensitivity to human needs, and he has an open heart for Morris College. He loves the school.”

A native of Salters in Williamsburg County, Staggers earned his bachelor’s degree from Voorhees College in Denmark and received both a master’s and a doctorate from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. Also, Staggers has completed the Harvard University Institute for Education Management program, which addresses the stewardship role played by senior-level leaders at their respective institutions.

As the college’s new president, Staggers will be responsible for guiding Morris through various challenges it faces.

Dr. Emmanuel Lalande, Vice President for Enrollment Management

COLUMBIA, SC – Benedict College has announced that Dr. Emmanuel Lalande has joined as the new Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Lalande brings to the college over a decade of higher education and administration experience.

According to a press release from the university, in his new role, he will be responsible for recruiting some of the best and more promising students from across the country. Additionally, Dr. Lalande will provide oversight to the areas of Financial Aid, Admissions and Marketing, the Call Center, Scholarships, International Programs and Retention.

“Dr. Lalande brings a wealth of experience in higher education and enrollment management. He has a great combination of experience, enthusiasm, and passion for student success,” remarked Dr. Roslyn C. Artis, President, and CEO of Benedict College. We look forward to benefiting from his expertise as he leads our enrollment efforts.”

Previously, Dr. Lalande has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida Memorial University where he led the university division that supports students in meeting their academic, health, financial and social needs. He served as Dean of Student Success at Harris-Stowe State University where he raised approximately $2 million in grants and private donations, Dr. Lalande also launched a variety of new initiatives, including a living-learning community for members of the Honors program and students majoring in math and science, a service learning program, and a project that focused on creating a more inclusive campus.

Prior to then, He served as Assistant Dean/Director of Student Involvement at Bethune-Cookman University; Director of Student Activities at Washington College in Chestertown, Md.; and Director of Student Leadership & Activities and Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs at Delaware State University in Dover, Del.

Dr. Lalande has a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Delaware State University. He earned a Doctorate of education degree with a concentration in organizational leadership at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

 

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Benedict College Board of Trustees announced Friday (June 30) that Dr. Roslyn Artis will become the 14th President of Benedict College on September 1, 2017. She will become the first female President in the College’s 147-year history.

Dr. Roslyn C. Artis

Dr. Artis appointment comes after the current president Dr. David H. Swinton announced that after 23 years of service he will retire effective June 30, 2017. His 23 years of service makes him the longest serving President in the history of Benedict College.

According to a press release from the university, Dr. Artis brings to the Midlands college an impressive mix of higher education and corporate experience. As President of Florida Memorial College, she led an unprecedented academic innovation of several programs, expansion of online courses, and developed new majors in high-demand fields. Additionally, she created academic centers of excellence and updated the University’s technology infrastructure and website. She led the development of the University’s Five-Year Strategic Planning Process and increased grant writing productivity. Since assuming the presidency in 2013, unrestricted gifts increased 20% (year over year), restricted gifts increased by 38%, and revenue from grants and sponsored research increased by 22%.

Dr. Artis is also credited with soliciting and receiving the largest gift from a single donor ($3.8M) in the institution’s history. She completed construction on a state-of-the-art Science Annex and a comprehensive Athletic Facility and Wellness Center on campus. Dr. Artist initiated and consummated strategic partnerships and collaborations between the University and external public and private entities for the purpose of revenue generation and the visibility of the institution.

Dr. Artis is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy. She also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from West Virginia College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Virginia State University. Additionally, she holds a certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University and a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University.

HCF welcomes President Artis to the campus of Benedict College and we wish her much blessings during her tenure.

BENEDICT COLLEGE HISTORY

Founded in 1870 by Rhode Island native Mrs. Batheheba Benedict, Benedict College was an 80-arce plantation when purchased as the Benedict Institute. The investors’ – Mrs Benedict and the Baptist Home Mission – long-term goal was to educate emancipated African-Americans and produce citizens “powers for good in society”.

Nearly 139 years later, Benedict College has been one of the fastest growing of 39 United Negro College Fund Schools of the 20 independent colleges in South Carolina, Benedict has the largest undergraduate student body and is the second largest overall. The college has students enrolled from every county in South Carolina. More than 2,800 students currently study at the school and is distinguished by its continued commitment to facilitate the empowerment, enhancement, and full participation of African Americans in a global society.

For more information about Benedict College, visit their website at www.benedict.edu.