SPARTANBURG, SC — In recognition of his significant contributions to independent higher education in South Carolina, Mike LeFever, SCICU President and CEO, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by Wofford College during its 2018 Commencement Exercises on May 20. LeFever has championed independent higher education advocacy efforts in South Carolina and nationally for more than ten years.
In addition to his leadership in South Carolina higher education, LeFever was recognized for his long career in state government, including deputy chief of staff for Gov. Jim Hodges, 13 years as director of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, and as director of three other state agencies. Prior to joining SCICU, LeFever was principal of MG&C Consulting Services, LLC, a governmental relations firm representing businesses, non-profits, and professional associations before the South Carolina General Assembly.
A cum laude graduate of Presbyterian College, LeFever holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina. LeFever’s alumni involvement with Presbyterian College includes serving as president of the Alumni Association and as a member of the Presbyterian College Board of Trustees. He was also honored with Presbyterian College’s Young Alumnus Award.
LeFever’s contributions to higher education in South Carolina were also recognized by Allen University in 2014 (Richard Allen award), by the Columbia College Board of Trustees in 2013, and by the Partnership Among South Carolina’s Academic Libraries (PASCAL) in 2009.
Other civic and business involvement for LeFever include serving as 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 Works Alliance; and chair of the Center for Cancer Treatment and Research at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C. The South Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration named him Public Administrator of the Year in 1986 and again in 2003.
More information on Wofford College’s 2018 Commencement Exercises may be read at http://www.wofford.edu/newsroom/2018/Wofford-holds-164th-Commencement-Exercises/.