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SC State names education dean interim university president

Leonard McIntyre Leonard McIntyre

ORANGEBURG, SC (AP/WIS) - The South Carolina State University Board of Trustees has named an interim president.

Leonard McIntyre, the school's dean of the College of Education, Humanities and Social Services, will lead the university until a new president can be hired.

Trustees decided earlier this week not to renew the contract of president Andrew Hugine, who took the job in July 2003.

Trustees say they decided to let Hugine go based on his most recent performance review, which has not been released publicly.

The board says it will conduct a nationwide search for a new president.

Dr. McIntyre was responsible for securing and also serves as the Project Director for a $5,000,000.00 grant awarded to South Carolina State University entitled "Textbooks and Learning Materials Program (TLMP)" secured through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The TLMP is an agreement between SC State and USAID to develop, print and distribute at least 1,000,000 textbooks and other educational learning materials in Biology, Chemistry and Physics for the mainland of Tanzania, and the island nation of Zanzibar, East Africa, by September 2008. The official handing-over ceremony will take place in Tanzania in January 2008.

Prior to coming to SC State University, McIntyre served as the state deputy superintendent in the Division of Professional Development and School Quality for the South Carolina Department of Education.

Dr. McIntyre has over 30 years of education and administration experience. Prior to his position with the South Carolina Department of Education, he served as District Superintendent of Education for Hampton School District 2, where he provided leadership in developing and maintaining educational programs and services.

McIntyre holds membership with South Carolina Association of Teacher Educators (SCATE); South Carolina Association of Black School Educators (SCABSE); American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE); S. C. State Department Dean's Council; and he is the in-coming president of the South Carolina Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (SCACTE).

Dr. McIntyre, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, received a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from Loyola University; a master of teaching degree in Spanish Literature from Tulane University; and a terminal degree in Educational Administration from Iowa State University.

"I am honored to serve SC State University as interim president, and will do everything possible to prepare the University for new leadership once the Board of Trustees has made its decision," McIntyre said.

"I sincerely believe that our greatest challenge today is to prepare students to meet the demands posed by a fast and ever-changing, high tech, multicultural society; and as I serve our 111 year-old land-grant Institution, it is my goal to provide leadership in developing, achieving, and maintaining the best possible programs and services to assure each student is provided the richest educational experiences possible," he continued.

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