In This Issue:
Board Holds Annual Meeting
New President at SMC
Cook Named CIO
2016 Legislative Priorities
SCICU Business Partners
Events 2015-2016 
2015 Events

November 13
Career Services Committee Meeting, SCICU
10:30 am - 12 noon

December 3
Development Committee Meeting
10:30am - 11:30am

December 4
Legislative Campus Coordinators Meeting
Capital City Club
11:30 am - 2:00 pm

2016 Events

January 20
Finance Committee Meeting
10:00 am - 11:00 am

January 22
Career Services Committee Meeting
10:30 am - 12:00 noon

February 9
Career Connections Job Fair
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
8:00 am - 5:00 pm   

February 18
Research Symposium
Milliken & Co.,
8:30 am - 5:00 pm 

February 23
Board of Trustees Meeting
Newberry College

March 8
Chief Financial Officers Meeting
10 am - 11:30 am

March 10
Teacher Recruitment Fair
Columbia College

March 16
Public Policy Committee Meeting
10 am - 11 am

June 13-17
Guidance Counselor Tour of
SCICU Member Colleges

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


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Our Member Colleges:
Allen University
Anderson University
Benedict College
Charleston Southern University
Claflin University
Coker College
Columbia College
Columbia International University
Converse College
Erskine College
Furman University
Limestone College
Morris College
Newberry College
North Greenville University
Presbyterian College
Southern Wesleyan University
Spartanburg Methodist College
Voorhees College
Wofford College
Business Partners:

ABM Building Solutions, LLC

Affinity LTC, LLC


American Student Assistance


Blackboard, Inc.

CapinCrouse LLP

Coleman Lew & Associates

Craig Gaulden Davis

CSI Leasing, Inc.

Elliott Davis Decosimo


eBridge Business Solutions LLC

e-Procurement Services, LLC

First American Education Finance (FAEF)

Find Great People, LLC

Genworth Financial

Gillis Specialty Advertising

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd

HRP Associates


McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture

Myers McRae Exec. Search

Pollock Company

Professional Insurance & Investment Associates



Stalwart Systems Group

STEM Premier

The Payments Company

Total Comfort Solutions

UnitedHealthcare Student

Verizon Wireless

Vulcan Materials

Walsh Consulting Group, LLC

Wyche Law Firm


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SCICU Board Elects Officers, Trustees 

COLUMBIA, SC -- Election of new officers and new trustees, along with approval of development goals and the annual budget, highlighted the annual meeting of the SCICU Board of Trustees held on November 10, 2015. Historic flooding and related hazardous weather postponed the original annual meeting scheduled for October 2015. 
The Board elected Columbia business leader  Jim Reynolds to succeed Greenville attorney  Kathy McKinney as Board chair.  Russell Cook of Chapin is chair-elect .  Dr. Todd Voss , president of Southern Wesleyan University (Central, SC), continues to serve as the Board's vice-chair and chair of the Council of Presidents. Additional information on the 2015-2017 officers may be found here .
Twelve prominent South Carolina business and community leaders were elected to the SCICU Board of Trustees for three-year terms. The Class of 2018 includes Kin Britton (Spartanburg), Holt Chetwood (Columbia), Kevin Glass (Columbia), Ben Green (Columbia), Tyler Hudson (Columbia), Mikee Johnson (Orangeburg), Theo Lane (Greenwood), Ray Lattimore (Greenville), David Parker (Columbia), Jason Richards (Greenville), Natalie Ruggiero (Greenville), and Chuck Sanders (Columbia). Additional information on the Class of 2018 Trustees may be found here .
The following trustees were relected by the Board for a second three-year term: Michael Allen (Greenville), John Gandy (Myrtle Beach), Debbie Nelson (Greenville), Jim Reynolds (Columbia), Harriett Rucker (Newberry), and Brent Weaver (Lexington).
A complete listing of all the members on the SCICU Board of Trustees can be found here.
Spartanburg Methodist College Names Scott Cochran As Eighth President
SPARTANBURG, SC -- Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Spartanburg Methodist College, announced November 9, 2015 that W. Scott Cochran has been named by the Board of Trustees as the eighth President of Spartanburg Methodist College.

Dr. Fisher stated that "We have a proud legacy at Spartanburg Methodist College of encouraging students to dream big dreams and we will provide the foundation for students to have those opportunities. Scott Cochran is the perfect critical thinker and visionary leader who will move Spartanburg Methodist College into the future and continue the tradition of challenging students to strive to realize their lifelong dreams. We, the students, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees are excited to give without reservation the eighth presidential reigns to Scott."

Mr. Cochran is a graduate of Wofford College and earned an MBA from Duke University. He has extensive experience in both business and higher education. His twenty years in business include roles as a senior executive in the US and internationally with GMAC, UPS Capital, and most recently, Performance Solutions by Milliken, a unit of Milliken & Company.

Mr. Cochran served Wofford College for seven years as Dean of The Space. The Space houses a robust suite of programs including entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, consulting, and leadership, with the focus always being on helping students reach their full potential. Mr. Cochran has also taught finance courses at Wofford College. He is a Liberty Fellow.

In accepting the presidency at Spartanburg Methodist College, Mr. Cochran stated "I am incredibly humbled and honored to serve Spartanburg Methodist College as its eighth president. I look forward to working with an extremely talented group of faculty and staff to create an atmosphere where ideas flourish, students are inspired to dream, and everyone achieves more together."

Spartanburg Methodist College is the only two-year college in South Carolina that combines the benefits of a private school education with the college experience of living on campus. Over 90% of Spartanburg Methodist College graduates transfer to continue their pursuit of a baccalaureate degree.
Please click here to access additional news from Spartanburg Methodist College.
SCICU Board Names Russell Cook Chief Integrity Officer

COLUMBIA, SC -- SCICU Board of Trustees Chair Jim Reynolds has named  Russell Cook as the organization's Chief Integrity Officer. This position was created when the Board adopted a policy for Reporting Improper Conduct in 2010. Mr. Cook, Managing Director of Comporium Ventures in Rock Hill, is the chair-elect of the SCICU Board of Trustees. 
According to the policy, the Chief Integrity Officer is a person appointed by the chair of the SCICU Board of Trustees who can assure that there will be a fair and impartial investigation of any allegation of improper conduct and that the outcome of the investigation will be based on the merits. The Chief Integrity Officer reports directly to the Board of Trustees. Copies of the policy are provided annually to members of the Board in conjunction with the filing of individual Conflict of Interest statements.
2016 Legislative Priorities Adopted

The SCICU Public Policy Committee has adopted a Legislative Strategic Plan for 2016 that includes the six (6) following priorities:
  1. Support the FY 2016-2017 budget request of the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission for an additional $2.53 million for grants. If funded at the new level, the maximum student award will increase from $3,100 to $3,200.
  2. Advocate for full funding of Palmetto Fellows, LIFE, HOPE, and Lottery Tuition Assistance scholarships to all eligible students to include both lottery and general fund appropriations.
  3. Support the budget request of the Commission on Higher Education for an increase of $4.54 million in state general funds for need-based grants. The requested amount is a combination of an annualization of $2.6 million in non-recurring funds appropriated in the previous year and an additional request of approximately $1.94 million to compensate for average tuition and fee increases over the past two years.
  4. Support CHE's budget request for $1.5 million in additional recurring funds for the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL). PASCAL was funded at the $2.0 million level prior to the FY 2008-2009 recession. Since that time, PASCAL has received inconsistent funding from surplus unclaimed lottery prize money.
  5. Work with public colleges and universities to amend the statutory authority of the Commission on Higher Education to allow CHE to serve as the portal agency for SARA (State Reauthorization Reciprocity Agreement), a national agreement that will allow qualified South Carolina higher education institutions to provide on-line courses in other states without applying and paying for individual out-of-state licenses.
  6. Support the agenda of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in the broad areas of federal student aid funding, regulations, and higher education policy, with particular emphasis on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
The 2016 Legislative Strategic Plan and additional information on SCICU's state and federal advocacy efforts can be found at
Member College News
SCICU posts news and accomplishments of our member institutions on the Member College News section of our website. Here is a selection of news recently featured: 

Benedict College President

Please share your news with the SC independent college community by emailing your press releases to Thank you!
SCICU Business Partners

The following companies have renewed their partnerships with SCICU:

A complete listing of all the Business Partners may be found in the left margin of this newsletter or on our website.
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