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SCC recently welcomed Bea Walters Smith as the Executive Director of Advancement and the Foundation. In this role, Smith is responsible for oversight of the College's Foundation, managing fundraising and daily operations of advancement, which includes the SCC Alumni Association and the grants department.
"We are excited to welcome Bea to the SCC family, and given her tremendous success in higher education and fundraising over the years, she will be a huge asset to helping us meet our mission of providing accessible, affordable and innovative educational opportunities to community residents," said Henry C. Giles, Jr., SCC president. "At a time when the College is dealing with tight budgets and shrinking state funding, it is critical that we continuously develop new relationships, while maintaining our existing relationships, with key community leaders and benefactors who assist with our critical mission of providing training and collegiate opportunities to all who choose this pathway. Given Bea's strong skill-set for cultivating donor relationships, establishing strong financial management practices, and creating innovative programming that builds excitement and attracts patrons at all levels, I am confident she will successfully lead our efforts to share our mission with even more patrons in the future."
Smith is a senior fundraising and development professional with over 25 years of experience growing brand recognition and donor giving for non-profit, academic and philanthropic organizations. She started her career in higher education at Spartanburg Methodist College as an admissions counselor and transitioned into the position of director of alumni relations. For the past 15 years she worked at USC Upstate in the development area first as Director of Alumni Relations and quickly added additional responsibilities of coordinating the annual giving campaign, promoting and fundraising for the Susan Jacobs Arboretum, and managing the USC Upstate Foundation's scholarship program, coordinated and solicited for signature University events: South Carolina Arbor Day, the Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series and numerous other notable occasions. In 2009, Smith was promoted to Director of Development and Foundation Scholarships where she raised millions in private support through individuals, corporations and foundations. Mrs. Smith is married to Roy McBee Smith, Jr., SCC's IT operations manager, and they have one son, Hunter (age 13).
"Making the move to SCC is an incredible opportunity as I advance my career in higher education. I am proud to raise private funds to support student scholarships, academic programs, and campus initiatives in our community and the Upstate of South Carolina."
Smith is a native of Memphis, Tenn. and a graduate of the College of Charleston, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. She is an active community volunteer and serves with Women Giving of Spartanburg, the Palmetto Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Children's Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee Counties, and the Spartanburg Lions Club.