SCCPA’s 50th Anniversary Conference

Navigating the Past, Charting the Future

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

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

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

Register here!

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]).

Hotel & Conference Location Information:

Embassy Suites of Myrtle Beach

9800 Queensway Blvd

Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

(800) 876-0010, option 2

Making Your Reservation:

When calling to make your reservation, identify yourself as an attendee of the SC College Personnel Association Conference and use the following SRP code: COL.

Call for Program Proposals – Extended!

We are now accepting program proposals for the 2020 SCCPA 50th Anniversary Conference in Myrtle Beach March 11-13, 2020. Proposals are due by 11:59 P.M. on January 15, 2020 and may be submitted using this link. Below you will find a Proposal Submission Guide to assist you in writing a program proposal. Notifications regarding proposal acceptance will be sent by February 1, 2020.

Proposal Submission Guide

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Stevens ([email protected]).

Request for Photos

Have some photo memories from a previous SCCPA event? Please share them with us! We’d love to include them in our 50th Anniversary Celebration. Submit your photos here: