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Dr. Louis D. Whitesides has been named the executive director of S.C. State University's 1890 Research and Extension Program.

"I am honored and excited about the new opportunity to serve as the new executive director of this great organization," Whitesides said.

“Through innovative programs and problem-solving research, we will make a positive impact in the community. My plan is to continue to build upon the infrastructure already in place to improve the quality of life for the citizens of South Carolina,” he said.

Whitesides takes on the new role after beginning his career in 1890 as an extension agent. He later became the program's research administrator.

He succeeds former executive director Delbert T. Foster, who held the position since 2014. Whitesides assumed his duties on Aug. 1.

"I know Dr. Whitesides will take the program to new heights," Foster said. “He is a natural leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the land-grant system to the organization. I have witnessed Dr. Whitesides' stellar work on the local, state and national level. I look forward to seeing his vision for 1890 come to fruition."

Whitesides, an Orangeburg native, earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from S.C. State. He received a master’s degree in business management from Southern Wesleyan University and a doctor of business administration in international business from the University of Sarasota.

The 1890 Research and Extension Program at S.C. State assists rural and urban limited-resource families who are in need of the latest research-based information on sustainable practices in agriculture, financial management, business development, parenting skills, health and nutrition, and computer skills. It works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state and local governments.

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