Volume 15 | Issue 6

August 24, 2023

August 2023 News and Notes

August features

Sadly, with the sudden passing of S.C. Senator John L. Scott, the state has lost a dedicated public servant who understood the value of a college education and fought to make it accessible for anyone.

In honor of Sen. Scott we are again sharing his “Legislative Spotlight” published in the SCICU Newsletter last November. You’ll see how proud he was of supporting higher education, including independent colleges and universities.

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Why do students succeed?

Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez
Jeff Perez, Ph.D.
SCICU President and CEO

As you read this, students are making their pilgrimages back to campus for the upcoming fall semester.

Once they arrive on campus, what helps them stay on campus?

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Pictured left to right: Jeff Perez, SCICU President & CEO; Claire Gibbons, Power:Ed Executive Director; and Trey Simon, S.C. Student Loan Corporation President & CEO.

Power:Ed awards SCICU $25,000 to support undergraduate research at S.C. HBCUs

S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) is pleased to announce the receipt of a $25,000 grant from Power:Ed to foster increased participation in the SCICU Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Program by students attending SCICU’s five member historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) — Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College, and Voorhees University.

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Federal update
Congress, Washington, DC

Over the summer the Supreme Court of the United States handed down one of the most impactful higher education rulings in decades.

SCOTUS held that Harvard and the University of North Carolina violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by considering race in their undergraduate admissions processes.

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Anderson University President Evans Whitaker (blue shirt and bowtie) and wife Diane Whitaker (yellow dress) welcome new students during the fall Archway Walk.

SCICU back-to-campus photo highlights - Aug. 2023

Fall is in the air and SCICU campuses from the S.C. mountains to the sea are full of smiling students! Scroll to see photos from SCICU’s 21 member campuses. Learn more about each campus through their respective campus newsrooms, Facebook pages, Instagram accounts, and Twitter feeds.

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SCICU College/University Campus News 

SCICU presents news from its 21 member colleges and universities. Click here to read college news in the newsroom on the SCICU website.

The following is a sampling of recent news from SCICU campuses:

Allen University

Allen University names new vice president of innovation and director of Boeing Institute on Civility

Anderson University

Anderson University’s pathologist assistant first cohort gets white coats

Benedict College

Benedict College President Roslyn Artis joins consortium to champion free expression on U.S. campuses

Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University announces 2023–2024 Concert, Opera & Drama Series

Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern alumnus named university’s fourth president

Claflin University

Claflin University awarded $17.4 million for construction of Innovation Center for Computer Science and Biotechnology

Coker University

TRIO Support Services brings hope, change to Coker University campus

Columbia College

Columbia College announces Board of Trustees appointments

Columbia International University

CIU: At 100th anniversary, newly appointed deans lay out vision for the future

Converse University

Converse University announces 2023-2024 trustees

Erskine College

Erskine College to present one-man show ‘Churchill’ Sept. 27

Furman University

David Shi’s $1 million gift builds on a legacy of sustainability

Limestone University

148 Limestone University student-athletes receive Division 2 Academic Achievement Awards

Morris College

New academic programs approved for Morris College

Newberry College

Newberry College to cut ribbon on Founders Field House Sept. 7

North Greenville University

North Greenville becomes first university in SC to offer Seal of Biliteracy credit

Presbyterian College

Anita Olson Gustafson. Ph.D., returns to Presbyterian College as its 20th president

Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan alumna earns USAF honor graduate ranking in aerospace medical program

Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg Methodist College names three new trustees to board

Voorhees University

Voorhees University receives SACSCOC approval to offer Master’s in Business Administration

Wofford College

Wofford College honors its first Black faculty member – Rev. Dr. Otis Turner

Click below to access important information from each of the SCICU member colleges and universities:

Allen University | Anderson University | Benedict College | Bob Jones University | Charleston Southern University | Claflin University | Coker University | Columbia College | Columbia International University | Converse University | Erskine College | Furman University  | Limestone University | Morris College | Newberry College | North Greenville University | Presbyterian College | Southern Wesleyan University  | Spartanburg Methodist College  | Voorhees University | Wofford College

The SCICU Business Partners program provides a convenient marketplace in which SCICU member colleges and universities can preview offerings tailored to the needs of the higher education community in South Carolina.

Dominion Energy is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,000 megawatts of electric generation, 14,800 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion Energy operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with approximately 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves nearly 6 million utility and retail energy customers.

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Jenzabar provides Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software for higher education institutions. Jenzabar’s mission is to support education by enabling institutions of higher education to thrive, grow, and achieve student success. We help our clients align their technology solutions with their unique missions and goals—to generate the maximum return on their technology investments. Across the entire institution, our software and services enable our clients to deliver on the promise of higher education.

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Vulcan Materials Company is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates—primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel—and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials including asphalt and ready-mixed concrete. Our coast-to-coast footprint and strategic distribution network align with and serve the nation’s growth centers.

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SCICU Business Partners: Renewing

SCICU thanks the following business partners for their renewals:

Affinity LTC, LLC

Cantey Technology

Craig Gaulden Davis

Hallmark Management Service

HRP Associates




Directory - Click here for a complete list of SCICU Business Partners.

SCICU's Fall Board of Trustees meeting will be held October 10, 2023 at Anderson University. Trustees, please check your email for more details on all related events.

SCICU Calendar of Events


29 - SCICU Public Policy Committee Meeting


07 - SCICU Executive Committee Meeting

20 - SCICU Presidents Meeting

21 - SCICU Chief Financial Officers Meeting

21 - SCICU Chief Academic Officers Meeting

21 - PASCAL Board of Directors Retreat


10 - SCICU Council of College Presidents Breakfast

10 - SCICU Board of Trustees Fall Meeting

19 - PASCAL Board of Directors Meeting

26 - SCICU Chief Financial Officers Meeting

26 - SCICU Chief Academic Officers Meeting

SCICU is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS). This organization, comprised of 35 member organizations in 33 states, serves more than 1,000 higher education institutions and over 3 million students across the United States. The organization and staff are dedicated to helping private higher education institutions improve processes and reduce costs through collaboration.

All SCICU member colleges and universities have access to CCCS's national contracts and services. More information on this important benefit may be found here.
News & Notes is published by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. Please send all comments or questions to SCICU President & CEO Jeff Perez at [email protected] or 803-799-7122. Mailing address: PO Box 12007, Columbia, SC 29211.
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