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President's Cabinet

Delbert T. Foster

Executive Director of 1890 Research and Extension

Delbert T. FosterAs executive director of 1890 Research and Extension, Delbert T. Foster provides oversight of the university’s 1890 Research and Extension services. Prior to this appointment, Foster served as the administrator of 1890 Extension Programs at SC State University. He is responsible for the overall leadership planning, direction and management of the 1890 Research & Extension programs. Foster’s management and oversight responsibilities include supervision of all state and county administrative research and extension staff and the preparation and submission of 1890 Research and Extension’s federal and state budgets. He is the coordinator for the 1890 Facility Grant Program and serves as an advisor to the university’s president regarding budgetary, compliance and human resource issues associated with the 1890 Research and Extension Program. Foster also serves as co-chairman of the 1890 Plan of Work committee.

Additional responsibilities include serving as the liaison between 1890 programs at SC State University, the United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA), Clemson University and the Budget and Control Board of the state of South Carolina. He is also a member of the 4-H Council National Board of Directors.

Foster previously served as chairman of the Association of Extension Administrators (2012-2014). As chairman, he provided leadership and support to the extension programs at the 19 HBCU 1890 land-grant universities. Foster currently serves as chairman of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) of the Association of Public Land Grant Universities. As chair of ECOP, Foster provides leadership and support to the extension programs at the 109 land-grant universities located in all 50 states and United States territories.

A Charleston, South Carolina native, Delbert received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Education, all from South Carolina State University.

Dr. Tamara Jefferies-Jackson

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Tamara HughesDr. Tamara Jefferies-Jackson currently serves as Vice President for Student Affairs. She provides leadership and direction to the following areas critical to the student experience: Student Life and Leadership; Judicial Affairs; Residence Life and Housing; Intramurial Sports; Counseling and Self Development; Health Services; and Career Placement and Planning. Under her leadership, these units work in tandem to coordinate and implement programs, activities, and services to maximize student learning and development. She has over 16 years of experience in higher education and has served in various capacities. She has also provided guidance and worked closely with the Office of Judicial Affairs from 2004 to 2010.

Prior to accepting her present position, she served as Research and Planning administrator in the Office of Institutional Research at the university. Her primary responsibility was assisting units with the development and implementation of assessment plans and programs that encourage continuous improvement and meet standards of accrediting bodies.

Dr. Jefferies-Jackson received her Bachelor of Arts in communications from Howard University, Washington, DC; her Master of Arts in rehabilitation counseling from South Carolina State, Orangeburg, South Carolina; and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. Her primary research interest focuses on the career development of the African American student athlete. She co-authored a chapter, Synthesizing career and family theories: Relevant issues in K. M. Evans, J. C. Rotter & J. M. Gold (Eds.), Synthesizing family, career, and culture: A model for counseling in the twenty-first century. She also serves as adjunct faculty and teaches or has taught the following courses: social psychology, child psychology, and African American families in the departments of Social Sciences and Family and Consumer Sciences.

Dr. Jefferies-Jackson serves as co-chair of the university’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Effectiveness Committee. She has presented a plethora of workshops on assessing student learning outcomes as well as how to assess academic programs. She has also served in the role of assessing the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, PUSH Writing: Preparing Undergraduates for Scholarly Holistic Writing.

She is a member of the Association for Institutional Research, the Southern Association for Institutional Research, and the American Counseling Association. She is committed to public service through her membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and by serving as the committee chair of the Services to Youth Facet in the Links, Inc.

Dr. Jefferies-Jackson is the proud mother of Jade and Donavon.

Dr. Learie B. Luke

Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Learie B. LukeDr. Learie B. Luke was formerly associate provost for Academic Affairs and now serves as the acting provost at South Carolina State University. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and theology from Andrews University and Caribbean Union College (University of the Southern Caribbean) respectively. His graduate degrees in history are from Morgan State University and Howard University.

Since 2002, he has served in a number of other administrative positions at the university including department chairperson, director of the Office of International and National Student Exchange Programs, associate vice president for faculty and programs, and associate vice president for academic affairs. Luke is also a tenured associate professor of history.

His publications include the book Identity and Secession in the Caribbean: Tobago Versus Trinidad, 1889-1980. He is a life member of the Association of Caribbean Historians, and a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

He has a successful record of grant writing and has served as the principal investigator of several sponsored projects dealing with internationalization of the university, faculty development, and the Montford Point Marines. He has served on numerous departmental and university-wide committees including the Black History Month Coordinating Committee, the Faculty Handbook Committee, and the recently established SACSCOC Taskforce.

Luke is active in the community. He is a commissioner at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and is a member of the Board of Education of the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh Day Adventists. In addition, he holds the position of chairman of the Board of the Vanard J. Mendinghall Jr. Academy in Orangeburg, and serves as the first vice president of the University of the Southern Caribbean Alumni Association, North America. He is also an elder at the Christ Is The Answer Seventh Day Adventist Church in Orangeburg. Luke and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 21 years. They have one daughter, Sharlene.

Luke is very interested in student success and is working on launching a student mentoring program at SC State University. He also believes that every student should have multiple international cultural encounters before graduation, including cross-cultural programing and study abroad so that they can be well be prepared to work and live productively in the global society. He is also passionate about distance education and faculty development and was instrumental in establishing the Center for Teaching and Learning at South Carolina State.

Elizabeth Mosely-Hawkins

Director of Public Relations

Elizabeth MoselyElizabeth “Liz” Mosely-Hawkins oversees the public communications and marketing strategies for SC State University as the director of public relations , a position she assumed in September 2013. She has more than 15 years of experience in public relations, digital communications and graphic design.

No stranger to the university, Mosely-Hawkins was the director of communications for the university’s 1890 Research Program before serving in her current role. Upon her arrival to SC State in 2007, Mosely-Hawkins served as the communications coordinator for the 1890 Research & Extension Program. In addition to her work with the 1890 Program, she performed public and media relations roles for the Division of Research, Economic Development and Public Service.

Before joining the SC State family as an employee, Mosely-Hawkins was the assistant director of public relations at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md. and also served formerly as the communications assistant for the City of Takoma Park, in Maryland.

Mosely-Hawkins is a former spokesperson for the insurance industry. As a communications specialist for the Insurance Information Institute (formerly the Washington, D.C. office), Mosely-Hawkins responded to media inquiries nationwide, discussing complex insurance issues ranging from deer-vehicle collisions to terrorism insurance. She assisted in the insurance industry’s response to the 9/11 attacks and the impact of terrorism on the industry.

A native of Orangeburg, who grew up in Forestville, Maryland, Mosely-Hawkins earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in print journalism and radio broadcast from SC State University in 2000 and a Master of Arts in public affairs/interactive journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. in 2002.

Mosely-Hawkins is a former participant of Leadership South Carolina and Orangeburg Leadership. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America.

She is married to Chadwick Hawkins, a graduate of South Carolina State and a middle school educator in Richland County School District One. They are the proud parents of one toddler son.

Doug Robertson

Acting Athletic Director

Elizabeth MoselyDoug Robertson, Jr. is in his ninth season as the head coach of the SC State University women’s basketball team and is in his first year as acting athletics director. Robertson, a Baltimore, Maryland native, moved to Orangeburg and SC State in the fall 2008 after three seasons as head coach at Bowie State University, where he compiled a 53-33 record. He had his most productive campaign during the 2007-08 season when he guided his team to a 22-5 record and the Eastern Division Championship of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), garnering Coach of the Year Honors.

Robertson earlier served as an assistant at Bowie State (1994-99), helping the university to a 126-19 mark, three straight CIAA titles and four trips to the NCAA Division II tournament.

Following his first tenure at Bowie State, he spent five seasons (2000-05) as an assistant at Delaware State University during a stretch when the Lady Hornets reached the MEAC Tournament Final three times and captured the regular-season title once (2004). Robertson also served a stint as an assistant at St. John’s University (1999-2000).

Robertson earned a bachelor’s from Bowie State in 1995. He is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).