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South Carolina Honors College


Partnership Board

Our Partnership Board is made up of individuals who care about the Honors College and our place at the university and in the community. This devoted group of alumni helps guide the South Carolina Honors College as we grow and continue to rank among the best honors programs in the nation.

Roger Barnette

Roger Barnette

Roger Barnette is CEO of MessageGears, an email marketing technology provider that allows major global brands to deliver individualized experiences to their customers at scale in real-time. Roger has more than 20 years of experience leading and growing technology businesses. Prior to MessageGears, he led IgnitionOne (acquired by Dentsu), Biltmore Communications (acquired by DIRECTV) and eTour (acquired by Ask.com). Roger has received numerous awards and is a mentor at Techstars Atlanta. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been featured by national media outlets including CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and NBC Nightly News. He earned an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business and a bachelor of science in computer and electrical engineering from USC.

Jerry W. Cain, Jr.

Jerry W. Cain, Jr.

Jay Cain lives in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the South Carolina Honors College in 1992 with a degree in International Studies. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia and currently works as an attorney at Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins, LLP where he focuses on workers’ compensation insurance defense. Jay served on the Board of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers from 1995 to 1997. He is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, and the Georgia Defense Lawyers’ Association. He has been admitted to practice law in the state of Georgia, the United States District Court (Northern & Middle Districts of Georgia), the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been a member of the South Carolina Honors College Partnership Board since 2012.

Dan D'Alberto

Dan D'Alberto

Dan D’Alberto lives in Columbia, SC and graduated from the South Carolina Honors College in 1997 with a degree in Political Science. He received a Master of Education in 2000 from Florida State University and a law degree from the University of South Carolina in 2005.   Dan is currently a solo practitioner with D’Alberto Law Firm, manages a consulting firm known as GrayFox Strategic, and maintains numerous entrepreneurial activities. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Palmetto Health Foundation and on the Alumni Council for the USC College of Arts & Sciences. He has been a member of the South Carolina Honors College Partnership Board since 2012.

Lori Clos Fisher

Lori Clos Fisher

Lori Clos Fisher lives in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the South Carolina Honors College in 1983 with a degree in Finance. She also received a Master of International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina in 1985.  Clos Fisher is a Managing Director at Bank of America, where she has held a variety of positions over the past 30 years. She has been a member of the SCHC Partnership Board since 2012.

Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall lives in Columbia, SC and graduated from the South Carolina Honors College in 1987 with a degree in International Studies. He earned a J.D. in 1990 from Emory University School of Law. He is a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, and has worked at Hall & Bowers, LLP (Partner); Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP; BellSouth Telecommunication, Inc., and SCANA Services, Inc. He has been a member of the SCHC Partnership Board since 2014. 

Catherine Heigel

Catherine Heigel, Partnership Board Vice Chairwoman

Catherine Heigel graduated from the Honors College in 1992 with a degree in International Studies and earned her law degree from The Ohio State University School of Law in 1995. A Darlington, SC native, Heigel has more than 20 years of combined legal, regulatory, and executive management experience. She has served as Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) since April 2015. Before joining DHEC, she served as General Counsel and Corporate Strategies Officer for Elliott Davis Decosimo, LLC. Prior to that, Heigel spent 11 years with Duke Energy, leaving the company as President of its South Carolina Operations. Additionally, she served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at the American Transmission Company. Heigel has been a member of the South Carolina Honors College Partnership Board since 2012.

Hibbard

Steve Hibbard

Steve Hibbard lives near San Francisco, California, where he is a senior litigation partner with Jones Day, a global law firm. He graduated in 1983 from South Carolina College as the University's first Harry S. Truman Scholar, first recipient of the BArSc degree, and as Omicron Delta Kappa’s National Leader of the Year. He received a law degree from Yale University and has practiced in New York and California. Hibbard is currently Chairman of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Relations and a board member of Lawyers Without Borders. He established SCHC’s William A. Mould and Peter C. Sederberg Scholarship and, in 1997, was an inaugural recipient of the SCHC Distinguished Alumni Award. Hibbard has served as a member of the Honors College Partnership Board since 2002.

Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones lives in Columbia, SC and has been a member of the South Carolina Honors College Partnership Board since 2008. He graduated from the SCHC in 1985 with a degree in International Studies and also received an International MBA from the University of South Carolina in 1987. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and a Carolina Scholar. At USC, he has served on the Moore School’s International Business Advisory Council (2002-2005) and on the board for Innovation in Insurance (2009-2012). He is past chair of iTs SC, the insurance technology economic development cluster in Columbia and continues to serve on their executive board. He is Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Duck Creek Technologies.

Ben Rex

Ben Rex

Ben Rex is the chief executive officer and founder of Cyberwoven. Founded in 2001, Cyberwoven is a full-service digital strategy, design, and development firm that propels business, builds community, and achieves results. A 2003 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College, Ben is committed to social progress and economic prosperity in South Carolina. To this end, he serves on the boards of the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Honors College, and South Arts. Ben, his wife Sidney and son Fritz reside in Columbia, SC. Ben is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Liberty Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Thomas J. G. Scott

Thomas J. G. Scott

Thomas Scott lives in San Francisco, where he is Counsel for self-driving car start-up Cruise Automation. A Carolina Scholar, Thomas graduated from the South Carolina Honors College with a BArSc degree in African Development in 2006. That year, he also received a Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Steven N. Swanger Leadership Award.  While at the SCHC, he co-founded the Waverly After-School Program and studied abroad in England and South Africa. In 2011, he received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Thomas has been a member of the SCHC Partnership Board since 2012.

Jacob L. Shuford

Jacob L. Shuford

Rear Admiral Jacob L. Shuford graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors Program in 1974 with a degree in Arts & Letters. He also received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and a Master of National Security Studies and Strategy from the U.S. Naval War College. He won the Defense Superior Service Medal and was an Olmsted Scholar in 1979, where he studied at the Paris Institute of Political Science for two years. Prior to Shuford’s selection as the 51st president of the U.S. Naval War College, he commanded the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, and was the Director of the US Navy’s Senate Office.  As Managing Director of a Tampa-based Government Technical Support Company, Admiral Shuford remains involved with a range of science and technology initiatives for the Navy. He has been a member of the SCHC Partnership Board since 2012.

Jeffrey Vinzani

Jeffrey Vinzani

Jeff Vinzani is from Charleston, SC and graduated from the South Carolina Honors College in 1983 with a degree in Economics. He also earned his law degree from USC.  Jeff has served as the Ninth Circuit Governor on the Board of Governors of the University of South Carolina, was President of the Charleston County Carolina Alumni Club, and was also a winner of the SCHC Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998. He served on the Transition Team for State Treasurer Curtis Loftis as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Board of Financial Institutions. Since May 2015, Jeff has served on the Board of Trustees of South Carolina State University. Vinzani is a partner at Graybill Lansche & Vinzani, LLC, and a member of the SCHC Partnership Board since 2012.

Marshall Winn

Marshall Winn, Partnership Board Chairman

Marshall Winn is from Greenville, SC and has been a member of the South Carolina Honors College Partnership Board since 2002. He graduated from the Honors Program summa cum laude in 1974 with a degree in English and worked in Honors admissions several years thereafter, where he was instrumental in the establishment of SCHC.  He received his law degree from Harvard University in 1982 and won the SCHC Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. Marshall proposed the Class Connections/Class Captains project in 2006. He and his wife Jeannette recently endowed a new Carolina Scholar scholarship. He is an attorney at Wyche PA, where he has practiced since 1985.