SC State 1890 Celebrates Grand Opening of New Administrative and Community Facility

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Orangeburg, S.C. – The SC State University 1890 Research & Extension Program hosted a virtual ribbon-cutting for the grand opening of its new Administration and Community building on July 10.

Pough12The new building will be used to provide community training, programs and outreach services. The facility will be available for public use.

The 14,000 square-foot, two-story building includes six classrooms, each equipped with state-of-the-art technology for collaborative presentation and training. The facility also features a leadership conference room, computer lab and houses administrative offices for 1890 staff. The $3.3 million facility was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture 1890 Facilities Grant Program to fund the project.

“The opening of the new facility is a tangible reminder of the investment the state of South Carolina, USDA and the university continues to make for the citizens of South Carolina,” said Dr. Louis Whitesides, executive director of 1890. “Community service is part of our mission at 1890, and the new facility will bolster the support for us in continuing to offer cutting-edge research and groundbreaking programs to affect the lives of those we serve in the community.”

While the event was held virtually, several university officials and city leaders provided remarks during the ceremony, including SC State President James Clark, Orangeburg Mayor Michael Butler, SC State Board of Trustees Dr. Wilbur Shuler and 1890 Research & Extension Associate Administrator Delbert T. Foster. A virtual tour of the facility was made available following the event via the organization’s YouTube channel.

“This building is a vision that is being realized for the university, the community and the people of Orangeburg surrounding area,” said Clark. “I would like to thank Dr. Whitesides for his leadership for the 1890 Program, and the various programs that are going to be coming forth as we evolve, develop and take the program to another level.”

The services and outreach programs offered through the facility to the community will align with 1890 Research & Extension program areas including: 4H Youth Development, Small Business and Economic Development, Family, Nutrition and Health, Education Innovation and Support, Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Development.

“It gives me great pleasure to represent Orangeburg City Council and attend another significant event in the distinguished proud history of SC State University,” said Butler. “The new facility has a purpose that is clear and distinct. This facility will also enhance SC State University’s reputation, commitment and promises of providing outreach programs and services to help rural South Carolinians reach their full potential through wise resource management.”

To watch the replay of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, visit To watch the virtual tour of the new SC State 1890 Administrative & Community facility, visit

For more information on the new 1890 Administration and Community building or more information on 1890 Research & Extension, contact Dr. Louis Whitesides at (803) 536-8616 or