Voorhees president announces retirement plan

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Voorhees president announces retirement plan

September 18, 2015

President Cleveland L. Sellers Jr. announced during a press conference that he plans to retire from Voorhees College after the 2015-2016 academic year due to medical issues.

Sellers is the eighth president of Voorhees and has presided over the institution since 2008. 

Voorhees has accomplished numerous goals during Sellers’ reign as president, such as becoming the only HBCU in South Carolina to offer emergency management as a major, and the institution graduated the first emergency management major in the state in May 2015. Most recently, the first-ever Voorhees College student was selected as an HBCU All-Star to promote President Barack Obama’s White House Initiative.

In addition, Sellers has assisted the institution with reversing the trend of dwindling enrollments that has affected so many HBCUs over the years by meeting the recruitment goal this academic year. 

“President Sellers has been instrumental in the continual development of Voorhees,” said Teesa Brunson, assistant vice president of institutional advancement. “He will truly be missed and it has been nothing less than an honor to work with him.”

Sellers said that he will forever be tied to Voorhees and the community of Denmark even after he retires because of the educational heritage line extending from his own parents, whom attended Voorhees and later became faculty members of the institution. 

“The ties that bind me to this prestigious institution will never diminish along with my support,” Sellers said.  “I will always be a Voorhees Tiger in mind, body and spirit.”

Sellers said he will assist the Board of Trustees as they establish a search committee to find a qualified successor and be hands on in the orientation process once one is selected.

“I wish the Voorhees family much success though their 120th year and beyond.” 

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu.