The South Carolina State University Alumni Association has elected a new president. John J. Funny, class of 1987, has replaced immediate past president Vernell Brown, class of 1971, for a term of two years.
Funny was sworn in during the association’s annual convention on July 29 in Greenville.
"This is a grand opportunity to continue to support the mission and vision of South Carolina State University, with a focus on growing the alumni membership," said Funny, a Georgetown native.
As the new South Carolina State University National Alumni Association President, he brings a wealth of knowledge to help the growth of the alumni association. In his presidential platform, Funny said he believes the association must become relevant by being center-focused with its’ three-core strategic partners -- alumni stakeholders, the university and the students --because it takes all three to stand.
Funny holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Grice Consulting Group, an internationally recognized city/urban planning, traffic engineering, transportation engineering and water resource consulting firm that has its corporate headquarters in Atlanta and regional offices in Washington, D.C. and Columbia. He is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of all corporate business matters, strategic business development, strategic planning for growth, and is technical adviser for major projects.
South Carolina State University National Alumni Association, a 501(c)3 organization with 34 chapters throughout the United States, was established to be an integral force of the university in supporting and reinforcing its mission, aspirations and goals. The objectives of SCSUNAA are to: develop and maintain the spirit of the university, disseminate information, promote education and scholarship and to cement the bond of fellowship and loyalty to the university.
Funny said, “I would like to invite each alumni to become engaged with the association for the uplifting of our SCSU."