News & Notes 
Information for South Carolina's 
Independent Colleges & Universities  
Volume 7 Issue 8

 August 2014

In This Issue
New Erskine President
Columbia College, Furman: Great Colleges to Work For
PASCAL: Additional Funds
Annual Giving Deadline
Dates to Remember
Member College News
SCICU Business Partners
Events Calendar


August 20

Finance Committee Mtg.

SCICU, 10 - 11:30am


August 21 

Development Comm. Mtg.

SCICU, 10:30 - 11:30am   


September 3

Executive Committee Mtg. 

SCICU, 10 - 11am 


September 18

Retirement Plans Consortium

Hammond School, Columbia

10:30am - 2pm 


September 24

Board of Trustees Meeting

Wofford College, Spartanburg

10:30am- 1:30pm


Plan Ahead:
Events Calendar 2015


January 26, 2015

Career Connections

Columbia Metropolitan Cntr

8am - 5pm  


February 12, 2015 

Research Symposium  

Milliken Center, Spartanburg

8:30am - 4:30pm


March 5-6, 2015 

Trustees Biennial Retreat

Westin Poinsett, Greenville


April 27, 2015

Teacher Recruitment Fair

Presbyterian College, Clinton 


June 15 - 19, 2015 

Campus Tour - Summer 2015 


To view more info about these meetings and events, click here.

Our Colleges:
Business Partners:


401(k) 403(b) Advisors

ABM Building Services, LLC

Affinity LTC, LLC

American Student Assistance


Benefit Controls of the Carolinas

Blackboard, Inc. 

CapinCrouse LLP  

Casagrande Consulting, LLC

Club Colors

Coleman Lew & Associates 

CSI Leasing, Inc. 

Elliott Davis, PLLC 

e-Procurement Services, LLC

First American Education Finance (FAEF)
Genworth Financial 

Gillis Specialty Advertising
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd 
HRP Associates    

McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture 

Myers McRae Exec. Search

Pollock Company

Professional Insurance & Investment Associates 


Sammy Butler Printing & Graphics


School Dude


The Payments Company

The Walker Company 

Total Comfort Solutions

UnitedHealthcare Student Solutions

VeriStor Systems, Inc.

Vulcan Materials

Walsh Consulting Group, LLC
Wyche Law Firm


Click here to view a full listing of SCICU Business partners...
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New Erskine President  

The Rev. William S. Cain, chairman of the Erskine Board of Trustees, announced today that Dr. Paul Kooistra of Suwannee, Ga., has been appointed president of Erskine College and Theological Seminary.  


"I am thrilled to have Dr. Paul Kooistra as president and part of the Erskine family," Cain said. "He is a time-tested leader who lives out his life with grace and humility before the Lord."


Kooistra, who has headed Mission to the World (MTW), an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America, since 1994, previously served for nearly a decade as president of Covenant Theological Seminary in Creve Coeur, Mo. He has gained a reputation for transformational leadership in challenging circumstances.


His experience in the field of higher education has included service on the faculties of Belhaven College, Reformed School of Education, and Reformed Theological Seminary. Earlier in his career, he served two pastorates in Florida and was principal of a Christian day school.


Kooistra announced plans to step back from his longtime leadership role at Mission to the World about a year ago.


Praising Kooistra as "a man who has wonderfully served Christ's church in numerous capacities with great ability and deep humility," President Emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary Dr. Bryan Chapell said, "He has been a youth pastor, a minister of Christian education, a preacher, a Christian school leader, a professor, a mission leader, an author, a friend to many-and a leader of remarkable courage and insight when we most needed it."



Columbia College, Furman University Named Great Colleges to Work For

SCICU members Columbia College and Furman University were recognized recently as Great Colleges to Work For (2014) by The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Ninety-two colleges were highlighted in one or more of the 12 recognition categories based on a survey of 278 participants in the 7th annual Great Colleges to Work For survey administered by ModernThink LLC and The Chronicle. Recognition categories included a range of workplace quality and climate measures including confidence in senior leadership, compensation and benefits, respect and appreciation, work/life balance, and facilities, workspace and security.


This year's Great Colleges to Work For survey, based on responses from more than 43,000 campus employees, finds that successful academic workplaces create a culture of accountability. They also promote common values through strong shared-governance policies, making employees feel that they are all players on the same team. 

PASCAL Receives Additional Funds

The Partnership Among South Carolina's Academic Libraries (PASCAL) recently received $1.5 million in excess unclaimed lottery prize funds. In the FY 2013-14 state budget, the General Assembly made funding PASCAL the #2 priority should unclaimed lottery prizes exceed a threshold of $11.3 million at the end of the fiscal year.


The PASCAL Board of Directors is responsible for allocating the additional appropriations for the benefit of the member libraries. Coker College's Alexa Bartel, Director of Library, is the Board treasurer. Other SCICU library directors on the PASCAL Board include Dave Chatham from Presbyterian College, John Kennerly from Erskine College, and Stephanie Solomon from Columbia International University.


This is the third consecutive year that PASCAL received lottery funds. In the FY 2014-15 state budget, PASCAL is included at $1.5 million as the first item in the list of initiatives to be funded with any excess unclaimed prize funds above $8 million. PASCAL continues to be a legislative priority of SCICU. 

Annual Giving Deadline Approaches

Scholarship Money  

At the Board of Trustees meeting in September, the Development Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Lonnie Emard, will report on its efforts to raise money to fund scholarships at SCICU's 20 member institutions. A key component of the committee's campaign is the strong and unselfish support of SCICU's trustees. Each year, the Development Committee looks forward to receiving 100% support from fellow board members and from the SCICU staff.


Individual, corporate, or directed gifts need to be received at the SCICU office by the end of the fiscal year on August 31 to be included in the annual report. For more information, please contact SCICU Executive Vice President Eddie Shannon at

Dates to Remember

Finance Committee Meeting
August 20
Development Committee Meeting
August 21
(previously  Aug. 7)
Executive Committee Meeting
September 3
Board of Trustees Meeting
September 24 at Wofford College
Member College News


We would like to post accomplishments of our members on our Member College News section of our website and feature a few of the outstanding links in our monthly newsletter.


Here are some of the articles we featured this month:

Let us share your news and celebrate your successes. Send your releases to Stephenie Helland at 


To see all of our Member College News, please click here

SCICU Business Partners

We are pleased to announce the following companies 

have renewed their partnerships 


Affinity LTC, LLC
Coleman Lew & Associates, Inc.
CSI Leasing, Inc.
Elliott Davis, PLLC

  A complete listing of all the Business Partners may be found in the left margin of News & Notes or by clicking here
News & Notes is published by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. Please send all comments or questions to SCICU President & CEO Mike LeFever at or 803-799-7122. Mailing address: P.O. Box 12007, Columbia, SC 29211