SCCPA’s 50th Anniversary Conference

Navigating the Past, Charting the Future

March 11th-13th, 2020  |  Embassy Suites of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC

Monday, March 9, 2020 Attendee Email


In 1970 a group of college personnel came together to host the very first conference in South Carolina focused on “Future Developments In Higher Education.” Mr. M. Hurst Marshall, Administrative Assistant to the Commissioner of Higher Education, delivered the keynote address and some of the recommendations to be made to the state legislatures were: that the College of Charleston become a state supported institution and Winthrop College admit males. At that same meeting SCCPA president Clarice Johnson of Presbyterian College conducted a brief business meeting and it was decided that a fall conference would be held in Columbia. Susan Delany gave the treasurer’s report, and SCCPA had a healthy checking account balance of $142.60!

This forward thinking group of individuals intuitively knew that much change was to be expected in higher education and they wanted to be advocates for the students in their institutions. And they were right, much has changed in the past 50 years of higher education in South Carolina. While much has been learned during the past 50 years, there is value in examining our past as a way of informing our future.

Help us celebrate those tireless colleagues that came before us and help us celebrate the very association that provided the platform for bringing college personnel together for professional development, networking opportunities, leadership experience, and information on the latest trends and issues in our field.

Join us March 11th-13th, 2020 for SCCPA’s 50th Anniversary Conference. The conference theme, Navigating the Past, Charting the Future, pays tribute not only to the hard work of so many professionals over the last 50 years, but also sets the tone for how we can move forward together. See you at the beach!

Conference Schedule

The conference is scheduled to continue. We are in conversation with ACPA as well as the conference venue as the conference kick-off approaches. Should directives at the national or state level change relating to COVID-19, those may dictate whether we will be able to have the conference. Until that time, the plan is to move ahead as scheduled.

PDF guide located here.

Wednesday, March 11th
Start Time End Time Event Location
3:45 PM 6:30 PM Conference Check-In Hampton Foyer
4:00 PM 5:15 PM 2020-2021 SCCPA Board Meeting  
6:00 PM 7:30 PM SCCPA Past-Presidents’ Opening Reception Vista II
Thursday, March 12th
Start Time End Time Event Location
7:30 AM 9:30 AM Conference Check-In Hampton Foyer
8:30 AM 9:00 AM First-time Conference Attendees Welcome Hampton
9:15 AM 9:45 AM Opening Session and Welcome from the President Windsor AB
    Special Recognition of Past Presidents  
10:00 AM 10:50 AM Educational Session I  
10:50 AM 11:10 AM Break  
11:10 AM 12:00 PM Educational Session II  
12:30 PM 2:30 PM Lunch & Keynote: Vernon Wall Windsor AB
    Awards Ceremony  
    Unveiling of SCCPA Hall of Fame  
    Cake & Champagne  
2:30 PM   Enjoy the Beach! Afternoon and evening on your own.  
Friday, March 13th
7:30 AM 8:45 AM Hotel Breakfast, Hotel Check out begins. Hampton Foyer
9:00 AM 9:50 AM Educational Session III  
10:00 AM 10:50 AM Educational Session IV  
11:00 AM 11:30 AM Hotel check-out by 11:00 AM  
11:30 AM 1:30 PM Lunch & Keynote Windsor AB
    SCCPA Strategic Plan 2020-2023  
    SCCPA President Transition  
    Closing Remarks and Announcements  
    A Look Ahead to the Next 50 Years of SCCPA  

Educational Sessions

You can find the complete educational session schedule and individual program descriptions here.


Individual Sessions

Overall Conference

Registration Fees:



(until 11/15)


(until 12/10)


(until 2/15)



Professional (Member) 100 110 125 150
Student (Member) 40 45 50 60
Professional (Non-Member) 130 140 155 180



55 60 65 75
Past President (Retired) 0 0 0 0
Past President (Out of State) 100 110 125 150
Past President (In State) 100 110 125 150

“Member” indicates holding an active membership in ACPA and/or SCCPA. Member rates will automatically be offered to registrants with an active ACPA and/or SCCPA membership. If you are unable to select the member rate during registration, please contact Julia Harvey ([email protected]) or Sydney Wein ([email protected]). Registration is now only available on-site.


Hotel & Conference Location Information:

Embassy Suites of Myrtle Beach

You can find the resort map here.

You can find the meeting room layout here.

9800 Queensway Blvd

Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

(800) 876-0010, option 2

Resort COVID-19 Statement:

The wellbeing of Hilton’s guests and Team Members is our highest priority, and we remain diligent in our commitment to provide a safe, hospitable environment for all who visit our properties.

We have done our due diligence in terms of proactively preparing our hotel and our team by:

    • Ensuring our property is equipped with hand sanitizer stations throughout
    • Providing antibacterial soap in all public restrooms
    • Increasing the frequency at which we clean our restrooms and public spaces
    • Cleaning all spaces with the highest rated Ecolab chemicals

How can our guests and attendees protect themselves?

The CDC offers the following recommendations to prevent the spread of respiratory illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Frequently asked question: Should group meeting guests wear facemasks to protect themselves?

Answer: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), along with global local authorities, have been partnering to provide coronavirus guidance. At this time, they have not recommended wearing a facemask as a preventative measure