SC State University appoints several new executive leaders

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. – South Carolina State University President James E. Clark announced the appointment of several key executives to his leadership team during a called Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday.

During the meeting, he named the university's first female chief financial officer and a permanent director to lead the schools Marching 101 band.

With nearly a decade of experience in senior administrative roles in the Division of Academic Affairs at SC State, Dr. Learie B Luke has been named the chief academic officer.

Teare Brewington was named the university's first female vice president for Finance and Management. She was promoted to her new position after serving three years as controller. Brewington brings more than 20 years experience in the areas of accounting, auditing, and management. She has worked in both public and private sector organizations including controller at Livingstone College and director of Finance and Administration at a large non-profit in Cleveland Ohio.

Attorney Mercedes Pinckney Fabers, who joined the university in May has been named the chief legal officer. Fabers is believed to be the first female general counsel in 14 years. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the College of Charleston and was awarded her law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Dr. John Robinson, who was the interim band director of the Marching 101, has also been named the permanent director of the Marching 101 band. Prior to his current role, he was an assistant professor of woodwinds at Flordia A&M University where he was an active band staff member of the Marching 100 for five years.

“The recent appointments of key SC State leadership signify the university’s steady trajectory of growth. This previous year, the university made significant strides in the areas of academics and finance. Much of the progress is attributed to the remarkable work of Dr. Luke and Mrs. Brewington, who developed various strategic initiatives to enhance their respective areas. As the cornerstones of the executive team, their demonstrated leadership will be integral to the university’s continual progress as we seek to be recognized as a premier institution of higher learning, committed to responsible stewardship. With this advancement comes new opportunities through partnerships and collaborations, research and development, as well as increased chances to leverage the SC State University brand to generate additional support. Attorney Fabers’ acumen in legal affairs of higher education will ensure that the university’s best interests are protected while we venture into new landscapes. She has already demonstrated the significant value that she brings to the SC State enterprise,” said President Clark.

“Finally, Dr. Robinson’s ability to maintain a highly successful, quality band program despite recent university challenges shows he possesses the strong leadership skills and foresight necessary to increase the level of excellence for all university ensembles, most especially the Marching 101. Furthermore, critical to his selection in his focus on academics first,” Clark continued.

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