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A Message from the Executive Director

Russell H. Meekins, CPAThe Office of University of South Carolina Foundations coordinates the activities of the USC Educational Foundation, the USC Development Foundation and assists the USC Business Partnership Foundation and USC Alumni Association. Accounting and investment services are also provided to the Educational Foundation of USC Lancaster. The Partnership Boards of USC Aiken, USC Beaufort, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter and USC Union are all assisted under the stewardship of the USC Educational Foundation.

Charged with the management of a pooled investment portfolio, real estate, operating businesses, charitable gift annuities, life insurance and some personal property, the Foundations provide proactive stewardship to support the University of South Carolina. This responsibility will only be accomplished with high integrity, independence, professional competence and transparency. The management and staff of the Foundations ensure that these principles are woven into our daily activities.

The Foundations are separately incorporated and are self-governing. They are led by active volunteer Boards that elect their own members. These volunteers generously give not only money, but more importantly, their time. Most of our Board Members have specific talents or credentials that allow the Foundations to prudently manage a variety of gifts and assets.

Audit reports, investments reports and governing policies are all available online. The Foundations respond quickly to any request for information with the exception of contracts while in negotiation, certain legal matters and donors’ names (unless specific permission has been given by the donor). We treasure the generosity of our Donors and will always ensure that their wishes are honored.

I am honored to have been selected to lead this Office in support of my alma mater and believe that I am fortunate to follow in the footsteps of previous Executive Directors, Dr. Susie H. VanHuss and Dr. Jerome D. Odom.

Thank you for supporting the University of South Carolina. Go Gamecocks!

Russell H. Meekins
Executive Director of University Foundations

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