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Russell H. Meekins CPA
Russ Meekins became Executive Director January 1, 2013. He previously served as as Director of the USC Educational
Foundation and Chief Financial Officer of the USC Foundations.
He came to the University in June 1995 from the private
sector having served as corporate CFO of two companies
for eight years. He was previously employed for five
years by the public accounting firm now known as Ernst
& Young, LLP.
Russ received a B.S. in Business Administration-Finance
in 1981 and a B.S. in Business Administration-Accounting
in 1983. Both degrees are from the University of South
Carolina. He has been licensed as certified public accountant
Since 1991, he has been a member of the Board of Directors
of AllSouth Federal Credit Union and volunteers as a
member of the Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Athletics
He and wife, Joanna, have two children: Ben, who is doing post-doctoral work in Texas
and Catherine who graduated from USC Medical School and is a resident at Palmetto Health
Richland Hospital in Columbia.
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M. Sandra Bennett
M. Sandra Bennett joined University Foundations as assistant
director on December 7, 1998 transferring from the Management
Department of the Moore School of Business which she
joined in February 1988.
She attended Newberry College prior to joining the Central
Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC in 1961. After
living in El Paso, Texas and the Denver, Colorado area,
she returned to South Carolina in 1988.
She is a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association,
is secretary of the Lop Rabbit Club of America,
chairs the election committee and serves as vice president of the Southern Lop
Breeders Association, and secretary/treasurer of the
SC State, Southern Pride Rabbit and Cavy, and Southern
Flemish Breeders Associations.
She was a Girl Scout leader for a number of years and
a Junior Achievement volunteer. She is a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.
She is engaged to Frank "Skip" M. Garrett and their families
includes three daughters, two son-in-laws, and four granddaughters.