The Resolution took note that during LeFever’s 10 years as president and CEO of SCICU he sought to advance independent higher education in South Carolina in collaboration with individual colleges and universities. During his tenure, LeFever boasted substantial achievements for students through programs and funding, including over $5 million for student scholarships, student research projects, and teaching awards; $83.5 million in state merit and need based aid; and $73 million in federal grants annually.
Prior to joining SCICU, LeFever spent almost three decades in state government as the director of four different state agencies, including the Workers’ Compensation Commission for thirteen years, and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Executive Office Programs and Cabinet Affairs for then-Governor Jim Hodges.
LeFever will retire on August 31, 2019. An executive search for his replacement is being led by Chair-elect Jerry Cheatham of the SCICU Board of Trustees.