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Advisory Board

The members of the Advisory Board are an important connection between the University of South Carolina's TRIO Programs and the Richland County community. The board meets regularly to discuss goals and needs and functions in an advisory capacity to the program director.

Henrietta Baskins
Executive Director, Community Relations Council, City of Columbia

Rev. Aaron R.E. Bishop
Senior Pastor, Grace Christian Church

Deborah Carlson-Boone, M.S.
PASS/McKinney-Vento Coordinator, Richland County School District One

Baron Davis, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Richland County School District Two

Joey Derrick
Director, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, University of South Carolina 

John Dozier, M.B.A., Ed.D.
Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Associate Provost for InclusionOffice of Diversity and Inclusion, University of South Carolina

Dorothy Gallman, Ed.D.
Retired Coordinator, Principal, Assistant Principal and School Counselor, Richland County School District One

Bobby Gist
Executive Assistant to the President, Equal Opportunity Programs, University of South Carolina 

Jamil A. Khan, M.S., Ph.D. 
Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing, University of South Carolina

Nichole M. Knutson, Ph.D.
Retention Strategy, Planning and Assessment, Student Affairs and Academic Support, University of South Carolina 

James T. McLawhorn
Executive Director, Columbia Urban League

Shirley Mills-Bannister
Director, Government and Community Relations, University of South Carolina 

Julie Morris
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research, University of South Carolina

Tiffany Richardson, Ph.D.
General Counsel and Director of Policy and Legal Services, South Carolina School Boards Association

The Honorable Jasper Salmond
Senior Member, Richland County School District One School Board

Gilbert Walker
Executive Director, Columbia Housing Authority

Judge Mildred Weathers McDuffie
Community Activist and Educator/Judge (Retired)

Craig Witherspoon, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Richland County School District One

Karen Woodfaulk, Ph.D.
Director of Student Affairs, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

Scott Verzyl
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Affairs and Academic Support, University of South Carolina

Elliot Vittes, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, Palmetto College