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The 2nd Annual Centers of Excellence Symposium

Centers of Excellence Logo"Celebrating Center Collaboration"

May 16, 2024

Breed Leadership Center, Columbia College

1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia, SC

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Time Activity Location
8:00 – 9:00  Registration, Coffee, Meet and Greet Atrium
9:00 – 9:10


  • Dr. Lishu Yin, CHE

Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Greg Little, Acting President and Executive Director, CHE
  • Dr. Kristine E. Barnett, Provost of Columbia College
Room 201/202
9:10 – 9:20


  • Dr. Lishu Yin, CHE
  • Dr. Abbey Duggins, SC Department of Education
Room 201/202
9:30 –10:30  Breakout Session I (switch sessions at 10:00)  

Session 1A: Center of Excellence for the Advancement of Reading and Literacy Instruction 

  • Dr. Sarah Hunt-Barron & Dr. Dawn Hawkins, Lander University
  • Dr. Patricia Jones & Dr. Tammy Graham, Presbyterian College
Room 103

Session 1B: Center of Excellence for Teacher Retention and Induction in the Pee Dee

  • Dr. Kimberly McCuiston & Dr. Lindsay Simmons, Francis Marrion University 
Room 105
10:30 – 11:00 Poster Session and Coffee Break Room 204 (Boardroom)
11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Session II  

Session IIA: Center of Excellence for LEADERS

  • Dr. Hans Klar, Dr. Noelle Paufler, Dr. Angela Carter & Center Participants, Clemson University
Room 103

Session IIB: Center of Excellence for Mathematical Literacy

Dr. Britnie Kane, The Citadel
Room 105
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch Room 201/202
12:45 – 1:15  Breakout Session III  

Session IIIA: Center of Excellence for Alternative Pathways to Educator Certification & Replication

  • Dr. Marla Sanders, Columbia College
  • Dr. Lisa Stockdale, Coker University
Room 103

Session IIIB: Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty

  • Dr. Tammy Pawloski, Francis Marion University
Room 105

S125 Discussion

  • Dr. Karen Woodfaulk, CHE Director of Student Affairs
Room 201/202
1:50 – 2:00  Coffee Break Atrium
2:00 - 3:00 

Panel Discussion: Successes and Challenges

Moderator:   Dr. Judy Beck, 2023-24 Chair of South Carolina Education Deans Alliance, University of South Carolina Aiken


  • Dr. Marla Sanders, Columbia College
  • Dr. Lisa Stockdale, Coker University
  • Dr. Sarah Hunt-Barron, Lander University
  • Dr. Patricia Jones, Presbyterian University  
  • Dr. Hans Klar, Clemson University 
  • Dr. Britnie Kane, The Citadel
  • Dr. Kimberly McCuiston & Dr. Lindsay Simmons, Francis Marion University

Special Guest: Mr. Rashad Paige

Room 201/202
3:00 – 3:15 Moving Forward Room 201/202
3:15 – 3:30 

Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Jenny May, SC Education Oversight Committee

Final Comments

Room 201/202


South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

1122 Lady St. Suite 400

Columbia, SC 29201