Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

President's Cabinet

Biggs, ShirleyMs. Shirley A. Biggs
Associate Vice President for Human Resources/ Title IX Coordinator
Tingley Hall 1 Suite 4
Phone: (803) 535-5268

Reynolda Brown head shotMr. Reynolda Brown 
Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management
Calhoun-Downs Laymen Hall, Rm #112
Phone: (803) 535-5569

Head ShotDr. Marcus H. Burgess
Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Tingley Hall Suite 3-7
Phone: (803) 535-5238

Leroy DurantDr. Leroy A. Durant

Vice President for Student Development & Services
Calhoun-Downs Laymen Hall, Rm #107
Phone: (803) 535-5341
Fax: (803) 535-5303

Zia HasanDr. Zia Hasan
VP Planning, Assessment & Information Services
Tingley Hall, Floor 3, Suite 8
Phone: (803) 535-5219
Fax: (803) 535-5431

Tijuana HudsonMrs. Tijuana R. Hudson
Vice President for Fiscal Affairs
Tingley Hall, Floor 2, Suite 4
Phone: (803) 535-5197

Tony O'NealMr. Robert O'Neal
Athletic Director
Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex
Phone: (803) 535-5549 

Dr. PetersDr. Cletra Peters
Vice President and Chief of Staff
Tingley Hall, second floor Suite 2
Phone: (803) 535-5267

Melvenia WilliamsMs. Melvenia Williams

Executive Administrative Assistant to the President
Tingley Hall, Floor 2, Suite 1
Phone: (803) 535-5491

Karl WrightDr. Karl S. Wright

Tingley Hall, Floor 3, Suite 9
Phone: (803) 535-5401




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