SC State’s Conyers to join HBCU leaders in trip to Israel

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – South Carolina State University President Alexander Conyers is set to join the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and other leaders from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) on a capacity-building mission to Israel on July 7-15, 2023.

TMCF President & CEO Dr. Harry L. Williams will lead the delegation, including presidents and chancellors from HBCUs.

The trip aims to forge relationships with Israeli institutions of higher learning, advance TMCF member-school strategic plan goals of expanding student study abroad and research programs, and faculty research and exchange opportunities.

“I am excited to represent South Carolina State University on this historic visit to Israel,” Conyers said. “In today’s global economic and academic landscape, making these connections is vital for our students and faculty to exchange information and ideas with those in other nations.

“SC State has a diverse offering of academic programs taught by an equally diverse faculty with significant international representation. We already provide a number of exchange programs for both faculty and students. Building on that track record with new associations can only make SC State stronger,” he said. “I thank the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for including SC State in this essential initiative.”

Representing 53 publicly supported HBCUs, predominantly Black colleges (PBIs), and historically Black community colleges, TMCF supports its member schools through various programs, including capacity-building initiatives and research opportunities.

“Israel is a global center for advanced research and development, and several TMCF partners have Israel-based research facilities,”

Williams said.

“HBCU students are curious and innovative, and they should have the opportunity to learn from leading Israeli researchers and experience the Start-Up Nation’s innovation ecosystem. HBCUs have unique research focus areas that provide new opportunities for Israel-based research projects. The connections between the HBCU network and Israeli institutions can benefit both.”

Joining Williams on this trip from TMCF will be Chief Innovation Officer George Spencer, along with the following presidents and chancellors:

  • President Tony Allen — Delaware State University (Dover, DE)
  • Chancellor Harold Martin, Sr.– North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (Greensboro, N.C.)
  • President David K. Wilson — Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD)
  • President Alexander Conyers — South Carolina State University (Orangeburg, SC)
  • President Quinton T. Ross, Jr. — Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL)

The group is scheduled to visit and meet with leaders of Tel Aviv University, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Israel’s MIT), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Hai Academic College, MIGAL Galilee Research Institute, Volcani Research Center, and Shenkar Academic College. TMCF anticipates several participating HBCUs will sign memoranda of opportunity to begin the partnership process. Additional planned meetings will include the Ethiopian National Project, the Batae Cultural Center, the Golda Meir International Center, Hadassah Hospital, and other cultural institutions and historic sites.

TMCF’s Inaugural mission to Israel took place in July 2022 and continues to bear fruit. Israeli companies and institutions have contacted TMCF to facilitate new partnerships with HBCUs based on joint research capacities.

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Director of University Relations
South Carolina State University
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Founded in 1896 as a land grant institution with a mission of providing service to the citizens of the state, South Carolina State University has evolved from a small teachers’ college into a major University center of learning and research. Located in Orangeburg, S.C., South Carolina State offers more than 50 different fields of study on the undergraduate and graduate levels. South Carolina State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools.

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