Our dedicated staff enables SCICU to successfully serve South Carolina’s independent colleges and universities. They are here to assist members, students and families, and the general public in all matters related to higher education.
President and CEO
Mike LeFever was named President and CEO of SCICU on January 2, 2008. Prior to assuming his current position, Mike was a principal in MG&C Consulting Services, LLC, a governmental relations firm representing businesses, non-profits, and professional associations before the South Carolina General Assembly.
He has been the director of four different state agencies including thirteen years at the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Mike also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Executive Office Programs and Cabinet Affairs in the administration of Governor Jim Hodges. A cum laude graduate of Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC), Mike holds a masters degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina. He is the recipient of PC’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, a past president of the Alumni Association, and a former member of the Presbyterian College Board of Trustees.
Mike LeFever has served his profession and community in a number of leadership positions including president of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions and the International Workers’ Compensation Foundation, president of the South Carolina Agency Directors Organization, chair of the National Youth Work Alliance, and chair of the Center for Cancer Treatment and Research (Richland Memorial Hospital). The South Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration named him Public Administrator of the Year in 1986 and again in 2003.
He is married to Malissa Burnette. The couple has one daughter, Grant, a cum laude graduate of Presbyterian College, who currently is a student at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Executive Vice President
Eddie Shannon was named Executive Vice President of SCICU on October 1, 2008. Prior to assuming his current position, he was Executive Director of the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission in Columbia, SC (1980-2008). Under his leadership, the Tuition Grants Commission, a state agency that awards need-based grants to SC students attending in-state independent colleges, grew from a $9 million state appropriation in 1980 to over $35 million in 2008.
Eddie’s previous work experience includes the SC Student Loan Corporation as a Guaranteed Loan Administrator and Coker College (Hartsville, SC), where he served in the Admissions and Student Financial Aid offices. Eddie is a 1975 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He is a 1994 graduate of the SC Executive Institute and completed the USC Moore Business School Executive Leadership Program offered by the State of South Carolina.
Brenda S. Torrence
Director of Finance and Administration
Brenda joined the SCICU staff in January 1988, serving as an Administrative Assistant, then later as Office Manager and Vice President – Business Affairs. Currently, as Director of Finance and Administration, she manages all the accounting and financial functions of the organization, including the disbursements of scholarship and grant monies. Brenda also serves as the SCICU Secretary and Treasurer for the Board of Trustees and oversees other events and projects for the organization. Prior to joining the organization, she was Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at First Union National Bank with responsibility for several Columbia branch locations. Brenda resides in Lexington and has one son.
Shay joined the SCICU staff in July 2015 as media/communications specialist. Her responsibilities as Director of Communications include internal/external publications, newsletters, website content curation and maintenance, database management, research, and technical support for marketing and special events/programs.
A native of Leesville, SC, Shay graduated magna cum laude from Erskine College in 1986 with a BS degree in business administration and minor in government. She also earned an MBA with concentrations in marketing, management information systems, and finance in 1988 from the University of Georgia. Shay has served on the Erskine College Alumni Board of Directors and was named a Frances Cardwell Distinguished Alumni Lecturer, also at Erskine College. While at Erskine, Shay was a recipient of the E. B. Kennedy scholarship, editor-in-chief of The Mirror newspaper, and served two terms as President of the SC Press Association-Collegiate Division.
Shay’s professional background is highlighted by marketing and research experience across multiple industries, including national marketing research and database marketing in the financial services and restaurant industries. She serves as Secretary on the Executive Committee of The ARC of South Carolina and advocates for children and adults with autism.