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DENMARK -- Voorhees College has hired two new staff members to the Division of Institutional Advancement and Development.

Dr. Gwynth R. Nelson joins the team as the new vice president for institutional advancement and development and chief development officer.

“I have been in development for more than 15 years and I am looking forward to developing strategic, professional and long-standing relationships with current and future Voorhees constituents,” she said.

Nelson has been instrumental in raising millions of dollars in capital campaigns for various institutions. Her expertise includes identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donor relationships.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Indiana University, a master’s degree in management from Olivet Nazarene University and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Capella University. Nelson is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Clarence Jones is the new director of radio communications and the WVCD 790 AM radio station. Jones has more than 10 years of radio experience.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be the radio voice of Voorhees College and continue progressing WVCD. I will expose students to the radio culture through training labs, building relationships and developing program content for the listening community,” Jones said.

In addition to working at Voorhees, Jones is a play-by-play broadcaster for the South Carolina State University Men's and Women's Bulldog basketball teams, the Edisto High School football games and Panther Vision, an online play-by-play streaming at Claflin University.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from South Carolina State University. He is a Bronx, New York native and member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Voorhees President W. Franklin Evans said with new goals aligned in the strategic plan, it is vital to have the talent needed to carry out the initiatives.

“We are making great strides here at Voorhees. With these experienced new professionals on board, we can continue to work as a team to make Voorhees College a premier institution,” Evans said.

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or


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