Thomas J. Elzey, a native of Chicago, Ill., became the 11th president of SC State University (Orangeburg, S.C.) on June 15, 2013. With more than 29 years in senior administrative roles such as: executive vice president for finance, administration and operations at The Citadel; senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer at Drexel University; and senior vice president and chief financial officer at Howard University, Elzey has been a dynamic change agent and national leader in academia. Elzey brings an impressive record of fiscal sustainability. He plans to improve student retention and academic program growth at SC State University.
Elzey is a strong supporter of students, faculty, staff and alumni. When asked what he will focus on in the first 100 days as president, he stated, "It's all about the students." He embraces team work and inclusiveness; he believes that together as a team, SC State University can solve anything.
Elzey strongly suggests that we need to ask and answer essential questions related to finances, financial aid, fundraising, enrollment and academic affairs. Under his vision and leadership, SC State University will ask the tough questions and answer with solutions. "Starting on June 15, 2013, we are one SC State University," stated Elzey. "One in focus, one in determination, one in action and one for all," he continued. His prior experience as a chief operating officer and chief executive for some of our nation's finest organizations has prepared him to uniquely undertake the challenges of leading an education institution.
Elzey arrived on day one with a plan and strategy to move SC State University into a brighter future. Under Elzey's leadership SC State will be determined to set new and higher educational standards, transform its educational offerings and become a powerful force for economic development in Orangeburg, the state of South Carolina and the nation.
In addition to serving as president, Elzey will be the lightning rod for fundraising at SC State. Prior to coming to SC State University, Elzey served as the executive vice-president for Finance, Administration and Operations at The Citadel. In that capacity, he supervised the institution's vice presidents for facilities and engineering and external affairs in addition to campus financial officers and the directors of auxiliary enterprises, human resources, information technology, procurement, public safety, and governmental/community relations.
Prior to The Citadel, Elzey served as senior vice president for finance, chief financial officer and treasurer for Drexel University. Previous to Drexel University, Elzey worked as the senior vice president and chief financial officer at Howard University, where he supervised all financial, treasury and auxiliary enterprise functions of the university and its hospital, as well as capital planning and projects implementation.
He has also served as the deputy executive director for finance for the Thrift Depositor Protection Oversight Board and the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) in Washington, D.C.; vice president at Perry Investments in Saratoga, Calif.; general manager and chief executive officer for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; deputy budget director and budget director in the Chicago Office of Budget Management; and assistant general superintendent and chief operating officer for the Chicago Park District. He also served as the senior policy analyst for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the federal government.
He is a council member for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and a board member for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. Elzey also serves as a member of Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management Dean's Advisory Council.
Elzey earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Bradley University and a Master of Science in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He held Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.
Elzey is married to Dr. Monedia K. Elzey. They have two daughters, Briana and Tommi.