SC State University Welcomes Prospective Students to University Center of Greenville

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – SC State University alumni, faculty and staff welcomed prospective students to the University Center of Greenville (UCG) during Open House on Thursday, Nov. 14. The initial Open House is the first of many that will be held to reengage members of the Greenville community and inform them about SC State’s academic program offerings.

thumbnail_image002David A. Taylor, chief executive officer and president of UCG offered words of welcome during the program.

“We are thrilled to have South Carolina State University returning to the University Center of Greenville. The University Center has been in Greenville for 32 years and SC State is a charter member that we are excited to have back,” Taylor said.

SC State is among other member institutions that include the University of South Carolina, Clemson University and Furman University. Current program offerings are a Bachelor of Science in management degree, education specialist degree and Doctor of Education degree.

Dr. Sonia Cunningham Leverette shared how her SC State journey has come full circle. She obtained her Doctor of Education degree in 2004 from SC State’s program at UCG. She now serves at the center as the Greenville student services coordinator.

“I am probably one of the happiest people in the room, because back in 2004 this was where I was privileged to receive my doctorate degree. I want that opportunity for so many individuals from across the Upstate, to become familiar with the opportunities that SC State has to offer and how convenient the location is for those who live in the area,” Dr. Leverette said.

Housed in the center are state-of-the art classrooms, conference rooms, simulation labs, library services, dining options and other support services. These services are convenient for working individuals like Cheryl Reynolds, a Greenville County School District employee who attended the Open House.

Reynolds is excited for the opportunity to complete her master’s degree at SC State while she works and lives in the Upstate. She began her degree online at another institution, but quickly found that she preferred a traditional classroom setting.

“I started an online program at another institution, but online programs are just not for me. I’ve always wanted to further my knowledge and get my master’s degree,” said Reynolds.

In addition to professional development and career advancement, Reynolds is also excited about obtaining her degree to accomplish a personal goal.

“After being out of school for a while and getting my children through school, I decided that it was time to do something for me,” she continued.

The Open House program also included remarks by Dr. Learie B. Luke, SC State provost, university department chairs, deans, directors and alumni. The event concluded with light refreshments and a tour of the facility.

The University Center of Greenville is located at 275 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, South Carolina.

For more information about enrolling in SC State at the University Center of Greenville, contact Dr. Sonia Cunningham Leverette at 803-747-5093 or