ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) -- The board of trustees and South Carolina State University has selected a interim president to fill the spot left by former university president Dr. George Cooper.
Dr. Cynthia Warrick will step into the interim role on July 1.
"We as trustees are excited that Dr. Cynthia Warrick will become our interim president," said Dr. John H. Corbitt, acting chairman of the SC State University board of trustees. "Dr. Warrick is highly qualified and will bring new energy and creativity to SC State University."
Warrick currently serves as a senior fellow in the Howard University School of Pharmacy, Center for Minority Health Services Research. As a senior fellow, Warrick has developed research proposals, mentored faculty and students, participated on search committees, recruited students, participated on Federal Advisory Committees, reviewed grants for federal agencies (NIH, CDC, and NRC), published two research papers, facilitated panels at national conferences, and participated on the Middle States Accreditation reviews for two major universities' 5-year periodic review.
Prior to her research scholar appointment, Dr. Warrick served as tenured full professor of Pharmacy, dean and chief research officer at Elizabeth City State University; associate professor and director of Environmental and Occupational Health at Florida A&M University; and, assistant professor in the Division of Management, Policy and Community Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Center for Health, Promotion and Prevention Research.
"I have an entrepreneurial approach to higher education and I'm very secure in my abilities to raise funding to develop the types of programs needed to move South Carolina State University forward," Warrick said.
Warrick, a native of San Antonio, Texas, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Howard University; a Master of Science degree in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology; and a terminal degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University.