Volume 15 | Issue 8

October 27, 2023

October 2023 News and Notes

October features

SCICU launches NEW Guide to Private Colleges and Universities in South Carolina

The best one-stop resource for easy college decision-making is HERE! SCICU's College Guide links you to 21 independent colleges and universities in South Carolina and their resources for applying for admission, scholarships, campus life, athletics, and more! Click here or on the picture below to access the SCICU College Guide.

'What's your major?'

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

That's the icebreaker question that begins many a campus conversation.

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North Greenville senior education major named SCICU Student of the Year

(L-R) Dr. Gene Fant, North Greenville University President; Abigail McGillis, 2023 McLean-Smith SCICU Student of the Year; and Dr. Jeff Perez, SCICU President and CEO.

South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) is pleased to announce Abigail McGillis, a North Greenville University (NGU) senior majoring in elementary education, as the 2023 McLean-Smith SCICU Student of the Year. The award was presented to McGillis at SCICU’s Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 10 at Anderson University.

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SCICU elects Willis Cantey board chair, announces additional board leadership

Willis Cantey, a Charleston business and civic leader, was elected board chair by SCICU trustees at the Oct. 10 board meeting hosted by Anderson University.

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SCICU elects 12 South Carolina business and civic leaders to its board of trustees

At its Oct. 10 board meeting hosted by member institution Anderson University, SCICU elected 12 South Carolina business and civic leaders to serve three-year terms on its board of trustees.

“Hailing from all regions of South Carolina, our new trustees bring a great depth and breadth of leadership experience to our board,” said SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez. “This group complements our existing board leadership, and we look forward to their many contributions supporting our 21 member colleges and universities.”

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(L-R) SCICU President & CEO Jeff Perez, Eddie Shannon, former SCICU Executive Vice President; and Lucy Grey McIver, SCICU Board Chair.

SCICU celebrates Eddie Shannon's five decades of higher education advocacy

Eddie Shannon’s nearly half century of South Carolina higher education advocacy was celebrated by SCICU leadership, trustees, family, friends, and meeting sponsors at the Oct. 10, 2023 board of trustees luncheon hosted by Anderson University in their new Trojan Field House.

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Photo highlights from the Fall 2023 SCICU Board of Trustees meeting and reception

SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez led trustees in a discussion of SCICU's future advocacy on behalf of private higher education in South Carolina.

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AUthenticity, the flagship ensemble of the Johnny Mann Center for Commercial Music at Anderson University, entertained SCICU trustees and guests at the SCICU reception on Oct. 9.

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Federal update - The federal regulatory fire hose

Congress, Washington, DC

The Biden Administration has been churning out regulations that campuses are still trying to comprehend the impact of and develop mechanisms for responding. The regulations take effect July 1, 2024 and the reporting deadline is just 30 days later.

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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 women's cross country team posts best-ever finish in SIAC championships

Anderson University

Anderson University to host DisruptHR Greenville Nov. 14

Benedict College and Claflin University

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina continues investments in BlueScholars at Benedict College and Claflin University

Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University launches presidential search

Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University parnters with Logos Bible Software for Christian Studies

Coker University

Coker education students help Hartsville area students improve reading skills

Columbia College

Columbia College to host TEDxColumbiaCollegeSC November 3

Columbia International University

Columbia International University celebrates 53 graduates at its European campus in Korntal, Germany

Converse University

Converse University celebrates transformation of historic Cudd Hall

Erskine College

Erskine forms partnerships to launch teacher apprenticeship program benefitting education majors

Furman University

Furman shares $300,000 NSF grant to expand student opportunities in computational chemistry

Limestone University

Master of Education In Teacher Leadership Program awarded largest academic grant in Limestone history

Morris College

Morris College students and faculty participate in Sumter eSTEAM Festival

Newberry College

Dr. Lenna Corley Young elected chair of Newberry College Board of Trustees

North Greenville University

Noted evangelical scholar Hunter Baker named North Greenville University provost

Presbyterian College

PC Physician Assistant program celebrates Class of 2023 graduates in commencement ceremony

Southern Wesleyan University

SWU business professor featured on WalletHub

Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg Methodist College president keynotes at Mayor's 18th Walk & Roll event

Voorhees University

S.C. Sen. John Scott to be posthumously honored in Voorhees University Hall of Fame ceremony

Wofford College

Wofford College hosts the South Carolina Innocence Initiative screening of 'The Worst Crime'

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. Please click here to review the entire SCICU Business Partners Directory.

Centrica Business Solutions is an integrator of sustainable energy solutions that works with higher education institutions to remove complexity. We deliver a full range of comprehensive energy solutions and services encompassing energy efficiency and sustainability measures as well as renewable energy offerings.

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Focused on people-first places, Design Collaborative is a national award-winning, Top 100 architectural, engineering, and interior design firm located in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind., with a second office in Charlotte, N.C., serving Fortune 1000 and other clients across education, healthcare, workplace, financial, industrial, community and other markets in 14 states.

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Trane is a leader in providing facility and financial services to campus buildings which reduce energy and operational costs while enhancing the learning environment.

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SCICU Calendar of Events


13-15 S.C. Chamber of Commerce 44th Summit

16 - SCICU Chief Financial Officers Meeting

16 - SCICU Chief Academic Officers Meeting


08 - SCICU Campus Legislative Coordinators Luncheon

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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