Dr. Jim Doolittle
Director of SC EPSCoR

(803) 737-7813, Email

Dr. Jim Doolittle is the Director of SC EPSCoR. He previously served as the Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at South Dakota State University. He previously served as the Director of the North-Central Sun Grant Center at South Dakota State University where he implemented and administered a $57 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense. Dr. Doolittle also served as the Associate Director of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station where he managed four grants to include the Four-State Ruminant Consortium, South Dakota Seed Tech Laboratory, Michigan Biotechnology Institute, and the Sun Grant Initiative. He was a tenured Professor in the Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science Department at South Dakota State University. Dr. Doolittle has a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy/Crops and Soils from Purdue University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Soil Science from Texas A&M University.

April Heyward, MRA
SC EPSCoR Program Manager

(803) 733-9068, Email

April Heyward serves as the Program Manager of the SC EPSCoR Program at the South Carolina Research Authority. She develops, implements, and manages STEM funding programs and initiatives to increase research capacity, research competitiveness, and the STEM workforce pipeline in South Carolina. April is pursing her Doctorate in Public Administration at Valdosta State University and is in the Dissertation phase of her Doctoral Program. She is an R Programmer (RStudio IDE). April integrates Data Science (wrangling, analyzing, and visualization), Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP), and R Programming (RStudio IDE) into her research, research methods, and non-research projects. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Benedict College and a Master of Research Administration (MRA) from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), ASPA Section on Public Administration Research, ASPA Section on International and Comparative Administration, ASPA Section on Science and Technology in Government (SSTIG), and the South Carolina Academy of Sciences (SCAS). April is the President-Elect and Vice President (second term) of the South Carolina Academy of Sciences, Executive Committee Officer (1st term) of ASPA Section on Science and Technology in Government (SSTIG), and serve as a SCAS Council Member (2nd term) of the South Carolina Academy of Sciences Council. 

Megan Souter
Financial Manager

(803) 734-2386, Email

Megan Souter serves as the Financial Manager of the SC EPSCoR State Office. She previously served as a Senior Auditor for South Carolina’s 82 School districts performing financial and compliance audits of state appropriated funds. She also performed special request, pre-award, and limited scope audits. She previously served as an Internal Auditor for disabled and special needs citizens where she performed operational, compliance and special request audits of provider organizations serving South Carolina. Megan has a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management/ Integrated Information Technology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. She is currently a member of SC State Internal Auditor’s Association and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Mignon DeWalt, MA
Marketing and Communications Manager

(803) 734-1427, Email

Mignon DeWalt is the Marketing and Communications Manager of the SC EPSCoR State Office. She has previously served as the Lead Graphic and Web Designer for her own boutique design firm where she serviced a gamut of nonprofit and religious organizations, as well as small to medium sized businesses across the Eastern seaboard in creating brand identities, designing supporting print collateral and developing winning social media strategies to aid in translating their company mission through visual means. She has also provided editorial copy for several print and digital publications, as well as served in various volunteer capacities where she assisted new businesses in brand launches and provided graphic design services. Mignon's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Masters of Arts in Humanities with a concentration in New Media Communications from Prescott College.