News & Notes 
Information for South Carolina's 
Independent Colleges & Universities  
Volume 7 Issue 9

 September 2014

In This Issue
Outstanding Students Honored
SCICU Announces Three New Scholarship Programs
CIC Challenge Grant Initiative
Duke Energy Gift
Board Elects 8 New Members
Keith to Chair Presidents Council
Committee Chairs Appointed
Member College News
SCICU Business Partners
Events Calendar

October 1

CAO Meeting

SCICU, 11am - 1:30pm


October 30
CFO Meeting
SCICU, 10:30am - 1:30pm

October 31
Career Services Directors
SCICU, 10:30am - 12pm

November 5
Legislative Coord. Lunch
Capital City Club, Columbia
11:30am - 2pm

November 11
Public Policy Committee Mtg
SCICU, 10 - 11am

December 4
Development Committe Mtg
SCICU, 10:30 - 11:30am

Plan Ahead:
Events Calendar 2015


January 26, 2015

Career Connections

Columbia Metropolitan Cntr

8am - 5pm   


January 28, 2015

Finance Committee Mtg

SCICU, 10 - 11am 


February 12, 2015 

Research Symposium  

Milliken Center, Spartanburg

8:30am - 4:30pm


February 20, 2015 

IR Directors Meeting

CIU, 11am - 2pm 


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


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Outstanding Students Honored   


Wofford Student Chad Sauvola (Left); CIU student Cole Harper (Right)


Chad Sauvola, a senior biology major at Wofford College, is the J. Lacy McLean SCICU Student of the Year. Cole Harper, a junior double-majoring in Bible and Youth Ministry, Family, & Culture at Columbia International University, is the Sterling L. Smith Scholarship recipient for 2014.



The SCICU Board of Trustees recognized these two outstanding independent college and university students at its annual meeting and awards luncheon on September 24 at Wofford College.


The award winners were chosen from dozens of applicants by the prestigious Center for Scholarship Administration. To read more about these outstanding students, click here.

The awards luncheon was generously sponsored by American Student Assistance, Aramark Higher Education, Elliott Davis, PLLC, e-Procurement Services, LLC, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, PNCBANK, SchoolDude, Sodexo, Total Comfort Solutions, and the Wyche Law Firm.
SCICU Announces Three Named Scholarship Programs

SCICU is pleased to announce the creation of three new scholarship programs in 2014-15 as part of its Named Scholars Program. Started in 1994, the SCICU Named Scholars Program is an avenue for companies and foundations to establish scholarship programs for students attending private,  non-profit colleges or universities in South Carolina. There are presently 12 companies/foundations that have established scholarship programs at SCICU.  


For the 2014-15 academic year, over $300,000 will be awarded to eligible students at the 20 SCICU-member colleges. Since the inception of the program, more than $4.5 million has been awarded to over 4,000 students.


The three new scholarship programs include:


Sanders Family Foundation Scholarships

SCICU trustee Dan Sanders, through his family foundation, established this scholarship that operates in coordination with the Furman University Bridges to a Brighter Future Program, a program that assists at-risk youth with their educational goals. Ten students participating in the Furman Bridges Program will be selected by the Bridges program to receive $1,000 scholarships to attend the SCICU-member college of their choice. Recipients will be upper-class students who have extenuating circumstances in their financial aid packages.


Timken Company Scholarships

The Timken Company, based in Canton, Ohio, has been a donor to the SCICU Unrestricted Giving campaign for 38 years. Timken increased their award this year to $10,000 to establish the Timken Scholars Program. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to selected students at the following five SCICU-member schools: Anderson University, Benedict College, Coker College, Converse College, and North Greenville University. Recipients will be traditional students, South Carolina residents, have GPAs of 3.0 or higher, and major in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM).


Williams & Fudge, Inc. Scholarships

SCICU trustee Gary Williams established a new scholarship program this year to reward leadership at each of SCICU's 20 members. College presidents select students who currently hold leadership positions at the colleges. The $500 awards are a way of saying "Well done, thanks for being a giver!" Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. 


SCICU Kicks Off 

CIC Challenge Grant Initiative

At the recent meeting of the SCICU Board of Trustees at Wofford College,  SCICU Development Committee Chairman Lonnie Emard, who also serves as Executive Director of IT-oLogy, announced that SCICU and IT-oLogy will partner in a fundraising initiative that will provide forty $1,500 scholarships over the next two years to students studying in STEM-related majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at the twenty SCICU-member colleges.

"We are pleased to announce," said Emard, "that SCICU has won a $25,000 Scholarship Challenge Grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) that will be used to leverage at least $35,000 in new and increased gifts for student scholarships at our 20 member colleges. CIC earmarked $100,000 for four scholarship programs, and we congratulate Eddie Shannon and SCICU for writing a winning proposal and thank the Council of Independent Colleges for their support."


SCICU will raise at least $35,000 in new or increased funding from South Carolina businesses including current members and supporters of the IT-oLogy program. IT-oLogy will take the lead in helping SCICU contact IT-oLogy's business members to seek donations toward the $35,000 challenge goal. SCICU will supplement this approach by working with other SCICU Board members to seek support from other corporations.



Duke Energy Foundation makes
$72,000 gift to SCICU


A $72,000 gift from the Duke Energy Foundation to South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. (SCICU) will provide higher education scholarships and undergraduate research opportunities to deserving South Carolina students attending one of the state's private non-profit colleges or universities.


"Education has always been a focal point of our commitment to corporate giving," said Mike Wilson, government and community relations manager with Duke Energy and current SCICU trustee. "We're proud to partner with an organization like SCICU that continues to make a difference in the lives of so many students in the Palmetto State."


"Duke Energy has been a supporter of South Carolina's independent colleges and universities for more than 50 years, and we are extremely grateful to receive such a generous gift to provide scholarships and research opportunities to needy and talented students," said Eddie Shannon, executive vice president of SCICU.  


The $72,000 gift will provide $1,000 scholarships in 2014-15 in the name of Duke Energy to 66 students at SCICU's eleven member colleges located in the Duke Energy service area as well as providing $6,000 to the SCICU Student/Faculty Undergraduate Research Program which provides valuable undergraduate research experiences to outstanding students. 


SCICU Board Elects 8 New Members, Re-elects 8 

The Board of Trustees of South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities elected eight new members at its annual meeting on September 24 at Wofford College. (Pictures correspond with list, upper left to lower right). Elected to three-year terms are:
  • Clyde A. Best - Principal, Bess and Associates (Coward)
  • Henry E. Barton, Jr. - Vice President for Government Affairs, SCANA Corp. (Columbia)
  • Paul J. Bopp - Director of Wealth Management and Senior Vice President, First Citizens Bank (Columbia)
  • Michael N. (Neil) Jones - Chief Accounting Officer, Colliers International South Carolina (Columbia)
  • Jay Lasater - Senior Vice President and Commercial Bank Executive, South State Bank (Columbia)
  • Amy Elizabeth Love - Director of Innovation, SC Department of Commerce (Columbia)
  • Lucy Grey McIver - Assistant General Counsel, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (Sumter)
  • Kevin M. Short - Middle Market Carolinas Regional Group Director, TD Bank (Greenville)


To read more about our new trustees, please click here.  


In addition, the following members were re-elected to a second three-year term on the Board of Trustees:

  •  Dr. Jo Anne Anderson - Educator (Columbia)
  • John Benfield - Associate Dean of Admissions and Alumni Development, Charleston School of Law (Charleston)
  • Steve Bryant - CEO, SYSTEMTEC, Inc. (Columbia)
  • Jerry Cheatham - Director Financial Analysis, NAC, Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville)
  • Lonnie Emard - Executive Director, IT-oLogy (Columbia)
  • Laura Hart - Of Counsel, Duff, White & Turner (Columbia)
  • Charlotte Verreault - Retired, Milliken and Co., (Spartanburg)
  • Larry Watt - Executive Director, SC Independent School Association (Denmark)

Dr. Colleen Perry Keith to Chair the Presidents Council

President SMC  

President Colleen Perry Keith of Spartanburg Methodist College was elected to a two-year term as chair of the SCICU Presidents Council and vice chair of the SCICU Board of Trustees.  


She succeeds Dr. Evans Whitaker, president of Anderson University. Joining Dr. Keith on the Board's Executive Committee are Ms. Beth Dinndorf, president of Columbia College, Dr. Walt Griffin, president of Limestone College, and Dr. Henry Tisdale, president of Claflin University

McKinney Appoints Committee Chairs

Kathy McKinney, SCICU Board of Trustees Chair, appointed Lonnie Emard, Brent Weaver, Henri Baskins, and Terence Roberts to chair standing committees. Emard, executive director of IT-oLogy, will chair the Development Committee. Weaver, VP and Relationship Manager for Government and Institutional Banking for Wells Fargo, will chair the Finance Committee. Baskins, executive director of the Greater Columbia Human Relations Council and past Board chair, will chair the Nominating Committee. Roberts, mayor of Anderson and owner of a State Farm Insurance agency, will chair the Public Policy Committee. Ms. McKinney is a shareholder with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Greenville. 

The committee chairs will join the Trustee officers and the representatives of the Presidents Council to form the Executive Committee. Chair-elect Jim Reynolds, CEO and Partner with Total Comfort Solutions, is also a member of the Executive Committee.

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 


Aramark Higher Education 

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting


  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