2023 August campus visit Jennifer Clyburn Reed
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Strengthening Partnerships for Community Enrichment: Southern Crescent Regional Commission Co-Chair Visits Voorhees University

President Ronnie Hopkins of Voorhees University had the distinct privilege of hosting Dr. Jennifer Clyburn Reed, Federal Co-Chair of the Southern Crescent Regional Commission, during a recent momentous event. This gathering marked a significant stride towards fostering collaboration and uplifting the quality of life within Denmark and its neighboring communities.

The Southern Crescent Regional Commission, a cornerstone of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to regional development, plays a pivotal role in South Carolina’s economic advancement. This commission seeks to bridge gaps and stimulate progress by partnering with local institutions and leaders. Dr. Reed embodies this mission and brings a wealth of expertise to the table.

President Hopkins shared his vision for Voorhees University, a vision deeply rooted in community empowerment and educational excellence. Dr. Hopkins and Dr. Reed engaged in discussions that illuminated avenues for mutually beneficial partnerships. Their deliberations centered on initiatives that would further position Voorhees University to enhance the quality of life for residents of Denmark and the surrounding regions.

As a symbol of appreciation and recognition, President Hopkins bestowed upon Dr. Reed a Presidential Citation. This prestigious honor highlights her outstanding commitment to public service and community upliftment. Notably, this accolade also marks Dr. Reed as the third member of the Clyburn family to receive such recognition from Voorhees University. Her esteemed father, South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn, and her late mother, Dr. Emily England Clyburn, both received Presidential Citations from the university in the past.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.

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