Katie Harrison, Executive Director of the SC Tuition Grants Commission, cited LeFever’s many years of advocacy and support for tuition grants and for other programs benefiting students attending independent colleges and universities in South Carolina.
LeFever has served as President and CEO of SCICU for more than 10 years. 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.
Other recent honors recognizing LeFever’s many accomplishments in support of independent higher education and to the State of South Carolina include presentation of a framed resolution by the South Carolina Senate, awarding of an honorary Doctor of Humanities by Wofford College, and a special award from the SCICU Chief Academic Officers.
LeFever has announced a retirement date of August 21, 2018 (end of SCICU’s 2017-18 fiscal year). A presidential search committee is working to identify the best candidate for SCICU’s next President and CEO. Updated information regarding the search may be read here.