Staff Advisory Committee to the President

The Staff Advisory Committee to the President (SAC) represents you if you are a non-instructional staff member at the College of Charleston. We are an advisory group to President on issues, policies, and practices that affect the university and those served by the committee.* 

2021 Elections

Vote in 2021 SAC Elections

Elections are open May 4 - 17, 2021.

Before you vote, please read the 2021 Candidate Information, including their statements on why they want to join SAC. Please contact sac@cofc.edu if you or your team would like a paper copy of the ballots and/or candidate information or if you need any assistance with the form. 

Who Are We

We are 21 elected individuals and three ex-officio members, who in turn represent approximately 1,000 full- and part-time exempt and non-exempt CofC staff members as outline in the SAC Bylaws (PDF). The Faculty Senate represents our counterparts for the instructional staff (faculty) at the College.

Submit Staff Input

The Staff Advisory Committee to the President (SAC) has several purposes, including:

  1. To advise the President about staff opinions concerning all issues and matters at the College that the committee considers of importance to the staff and to the institution.
  2. To receive from the President requests for advice and counsel regarding matters relevant to the staff that may call for action by the President or other members of the administration.
  3. To increase awareness of the contributions made by staff to the College of Charleston and to promote the recognition of outstanding staff.

Read more about SAC. 


What do we do


Who We Are

Name Representing Contact
Melantha Ardrey At-Large ardreym@cofc.edu
William Chase At-Large chasew@cofc.edu 
Anastasia Gilpatrick At-Large abemelia@cofc.edu 
Lance Laidlaw At-Large laidlawl@cofc.edu 
Kate Tiller Athletics TillerK@cofc.edu 
Stephanie Smith Academic Affairs smithsc1@cofc.edu
Marla Robertson Academic Schools cochranm@cofc.edu 
Dawn Brandt Business Affairs brandtd@cofc,edu
Kimberly Gertner Business Affairs gertnerka@cofc.edu
Pam Grant Student Affairs grantpd1@cofc.edu
Dave Aurich Student Affairs aurichdm@cofc.edu
Sarah Myer University Marketing & Enrollment Planning myersl@cofc.edu
Charissa Owens Executive owenscm1@cofc.edu 
Darcie Goodwin Executive goodwind1@cofc.edu 
Michael Kling Facilities Management klingmj@cofc.edu
Brad Weiland Facilities Management weilandbj@cofc.edu 
Tracy Bates Information Technology BatesT@cofc.edu 
Jeff Woraratanadharm Information Technology woraratanadharmjt@cofc.edu
Karen Jones Institutional Advancement JonesK@cofc.edu 
Samantha Pairet Temporary Employees pairetst@cofc.edu 
Vacant Vacant (up for election in May 2021)
Wanda Whitley Presidential Appointee (ex-officio) whitleywd@cofc.edu 
Ed Pope VP for Human Resources (ex-officio) popee@cofc.edu

Meetings & Events

The General SAC Committee meets once per month on a varied meeting schedule. SAC Executive Committee and Subcommittees each meet once per month or as needed. Meetings are open to elected members and minutes are provide online. 

The SAC also hosts the Celebration of Staff annually in June where staff accomplishments are celebrated and the recipients of the Annual Staff Awards are announced. Nominations for staff awards will be announced later in May 2021.


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SAC Announcements

CofC Dining Locations Offer Mobile Ordering
Posted on 4 November 2020 | 9:42 pm
College of Charleston students, faculty and staff may now skip the lines to get good food on campus. Campus Services has launched a new one-stop mobile ordering app, Transact Mobile Ordering, for the campus locations of Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Marty’s Place. To download the app, simply find Transact Mobile Ordering in your app store and install. Once […]
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SAC Self-Nominations for Academic Affairs Representative Open
Posted on 1 November 2020 | 9:41 pm
Self-nominations to fill a vacancy for an Academic Affairs representative on the Staff Advisory Committee to the President (SAC) are open through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. Full-time, non-instructional staff members from the Division of Academic Affairs who do not have the words “president” or “provost” in their titles may self-nominate for the special election. This […]
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Faculty, Staff Introduce Their Kitty Colleagues for National Cat Day
Posted on 28 October 2020 | 10:47 pm
By Alicia Lutz|October 29, 2020|Faculty Staff News| View Larger Image They’re on our keyboards. They’re on our laps. And, even if you don’t have one, cats are even on our conference calls. Indeed – for many of us working from home – our feline friends are our closest colleagues these days. As Cougars, the College community […]
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