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Volume 8, Issue 10 October 2016

In This Issue:


SCICU Board Elects New Trustees and 
Names Student of the Year at Oct. 12 Meeting

SCICU's Board of Trustees held its annual Fall meeting on October 12, 2016 at Columbia International University.

Election of New Trustees and Recognition of Outgoing Trustees

During the business meeting, the board elected the following business and education leaders as new trustees:

Willis Cantey
Cantey Tech Consulting (Charleston)

Dr. Valerie Evans Harrison
Charleston County School District (Charleston)

John P. Moore
Moore Capital, LLC (Spartanburg)

Chris Ruh
Williams & Fudge, Inc. (Rock Hill)

Candace C. Shiver
Shiver & Associates, LLC (Columbia)

Biographies for the five new at-large trustees may be viewed here.

Please click here to view the list of the entire board of trustees, including college presidents and at-large trustees.

The board also recgonized the following outgoing trustees for their significant contributions to SCICU:

Daniel Sulton
Ogletree Deakins (Greenville)

Joe Walker
McNair Law Firm (Columbia)

Gary Williams
Wiliams & Fudge, Inc. (Rock Hill)


McLean-Smith SCICU Student of the Year

L-R: Dr. Frank Machovec, Wofford Economics Professor; Victoria Biggers, SCICU Student of the Year; Jim Reynolds, SCICU Board Chair

Victoria Biggers, a senior at Wofford College, was recognized at the October 12 Board meeting as the 2016 award winner of the McLean-Smith SCICU Student of the Year.  This award also includes a $3,000 scholarship.

Biggers, a finance and economics double major, was honored for her significant contributions to and involvement in campus life at Wofford. Her business experience at Wofford includes establishing Wee Celebrations, a children's party service.  Biggers was assisted in this development venture by The Space, Wofford's full-service center for professional development and entrepreneurship.  The Impact and Launch Competition awarded Biggers with a $5,000 prize for buisness materials and co-working space at the Iron Yard entrepreneurship incubator.

Biggers' other campus involvement may be viewed in the biography posted here.


Presidents' Panel Discussion

Dr. Todd Voss (pictured in foreground), president of Southern Wesleyan University, leads the Presidents' Panel Discussion.  Other Presidents participating in the panel include Beth Dinndorf, President of Columbia College; Dr. David Swinton, President of Benedict College; and Dr. Maurice Scherrens, President of Newberry College.

During the awards luncheon, presidents of four of SCICU's member college and universities fielded questions from the board's at-large trustees.  Topics of the lively discussion included regulations impacting higher education, growth of online programs, impact of campaign promises for free public higher education, and college evaluation/ selection by Generation Z.

Recognition of Meeting/Luncheon Sponsors

SCICU extends great thanks to Columbia International University and its food service partner Pioneer College Caterers for hosting the October 12 Board meeting.

The following awards luncheon sponsors are also recognized for their generous financial support of the October 12 Board Meeting:


2016-17 SCICU College Guide
Now Available

The 2016-2017 print edition of SCICU's popular College Guide is available to students, parents, school counselors and anyone interested in learning more about the 20 private non-profit colleges and universities that are members of SCICU. An initial distribution of more than 600 copies were sent to high schools, SCICU trustees, and members of the General Assembly in September.

The College Guide includes a concise statement on the benefits of a liberal arts education and a discussion of the cost of attendance as a value proposition. The publication features 2-page profiles of the member colleges and universities, a list of visitation days, and detailed information on federal and state student financial assistance. To emphasize the core principles of teaching and learning on our members' wonderfully diverse campuses, the Guide also features the 20 recipients of SCICU's 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award.

The digital edition of the College Guide will be available soon on SCICU's website. In addition to hot links, page-flippers, enhanced navigation tools, and videos, the new digital edition will be formatted for iPhones, iPads, Androids, and other Smart (HTML5) platforms - the social media world of today's students and a growing number of their parents.

SCICU is grateful for this year's College Guide sponsors: American Student Assistance, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A., and South Carolina Student Loan Corporation.


Dr. Ernest McNealey

Allen University Announces
Leadership Changes

In late September, Allen University named Dr. Ernest McNealey as interim president, replacing Dr. Lady June Cole, the institution's president since 2013.

Dr. McNealey was the president of Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, AL) for 16 years.  He is the founder and principal of The McNealey Group, an Atlanta-based education consulting firm.

Located in Columbia,  Allen University was created out of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church's desire to educated newly-freed slaves.  Allen University was founded in 1870 as a private, Christian, liberal arts school.  The university is one of five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in South Carolina.


Title IX Training Workshops Held At Furman University   September 26-29, 2016

SCICU sponsored two Title IX training seminars for member colleges and universities September 26-29, 2016 at Furman University.
SCICU again partnered with attorneys Natasha Baker and Megan Farrell of the Hirschfeld Kraemer law firm for Title IX training. Baker and Farrell have significant experience in higher education and Title IX matters. 

Title IX ASAP and Investigation Training was held September 26-27 for 30 faculty and staff from SCICU member institutions and public college colleagues. This first-level course is for faculty/staff administrators entrusted with investigating Title IX complaints or providing other forms of support such as awareness education.

Title IX ASAP Advanced Investigations was presented on September 28 and 29. This advanced training seminar included intensive, interactive training for faculty and staff who previously participated in basic level Title IX investigator training.  More than 50 private and public college administrators attended the advanced training.

Compared to traveling out of state for national Title IX training, sponsoring Title IX seminars in South Carolina saved SCICU members approximately 70% on registration and travel-related expenses.

SCICU would like to thank Melissa Nichols, Title IX Coordinator for Wofford College / Furman University, for her role in linking the advanced training course with the basic training course and agreeing to co-locate the two on the Furman campus to achieve the highest level of economy of scale for SCICU member institutions.



SCICU Hosts Microsoft Azure Workshop,
Announces Grants for Member Institutions

SCICU and its business partner ScholarBuys hosted a Microsoft Azure Workshop on October 11 for campus leaders and system administrators from SCICU's member colleges and universities.  Columbia-based IT-oLogy was the host site for the event.

Microsoft, ScholarBuys, Airnet Group, Veeam, and Barracuda shared how higher education institutions can reduce costs with a cloud deployment and how campuses can collaborate with partners to manage infrastructure, all while having security, accessibility, and flexibility.  SCICU member college IT professionals participated in a plenary session and two separate workshops.

ScholarBuys announced at the workshop that SCICU members are eligible for Microsoft grants valued at up to $7,000 per institution towards a data center assessment (ASAT) and an agreed-upon workload migration into Azure through Airnet. Project services to be performed by Airnet include: (1) Engagement, Assessment (ASAT), and Planning Activities, (2) Test Environment Deployment, Set-up, and Configuration, (3) Proof of Concept, and (4) Knowledge Transfer and POC Review.

System administrators were also able to participate in a Microsoft Azure Lab, a 5 hour session focusing on the Microsoft Azure platform from an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) perspective.


Securing America's Future -
Free CIC Workshops for College Leaders

Is the future of your institution secure?
Sustainability is the most pressing concern at many independent colleges and universities, especially in the face of shifting demographics and economic uncertainty.  But college leaders don't always know the best way to align their institution's current mission with new business models, or to identify peer-tested innovations, or to engage the faculty and other campus constituents in potentially disruptive change efforts.

The Council of Independent Colleges is launching a series of free workshops designed to help its member institutions prepare for the future more effectively. The half-day workshops will bring together teams of presidents, senior administrators, and faculty leaders to explore key trends in higher education and society, the urgent pressures facing individual colleges and universities, and potential solutions. Eight workshops will be offered at locations around the country between September 2016 and April 2017.

For SCICU member institutions, the nearest workshop will be at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 26, 2017.

There is no cost to participate, but institutions must register in advance. For more information or to register for a workshop, visit
the CIC website at www.cic.edu/SecuringWorkshops.




SCICU curates news from its twenty member colleges and universities.  Click here to read college news on the SCICU website.

The following is a sampling of recent member college news:


22 -   Public Policy Meeting



The 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.

SCICU is pleased to announce the following new Business Partners:

The following Business Partners are recognized for their renewals:

Directory - Click  here  for a complete list of Business Partners, or access information on individual Business Partners via the links shown below.

ABM Building Solutions, LLC  | American Student Assistance Aramark Higher Education | Blackboard Inc.  | CapinCrouse LLP | Church Mutual Insurance Company | Coleman Lew + Associates | Craig Gaulden Davis | CSI Leasing, Inc. e-Procurement Services, LLC | e2Campus |   eBridge Business Solutions LLC | eDocHome.com | Elliott Davis Decosimo | ETC Consulting, LLC Find Great People, LLC | First American Education Finance | Genworth Financial | Gillis Specialty Adverstising | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA | HRP Associates, Inc.  | Hypersign, LLC INSITE |   McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture | Metz Culinary Management | Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting | Pioneer College Caterers Pollock Company | Professional Insurance & Investment Associates | Purple Briefcase | S2K | SC Student Loan Corporation | ScholarBuys | Sodexo | Spirit Communications | Stalwart Systems Group | STEM Premier | The Payments Company Total Comfort Solutions | UnitedHealthcare Student Resources | Verizon | Vulcan Materials Company | Walsh Consulting Group LLC | Winthrop Resources IT Leasing | Wyche, PA

SCICU is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS). This organization, comprised of 33 member organizations in 30 states, serves more than 900 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 Mike LeFever at mike@scicu.org or 803-799-7122.  Mailing address: PO Box 12007, Columbia, SC 29211.