Melvin Sinclair

Assistant Professor of Business Management

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Melvin Sinclair Jr

Dr. Melvin “Mel” Sinclair is Assistant Professor of Business for CSU’s College of Adult and Professional Studies. He joined CSU as an adjunct in 2013, shortly after completing his doctorate in business and joined the full-time faculty in 2014. He earned an undergraduate degree in business (banking and finance) from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s in industrial education (human resource development) from Clemson University, and a Doctor in Business Administration (leadership) from Walden University. He holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a SHRM Senior Certified Professional, and as a Certified Compensation Professional. Sinclair has taught both undergrad and MBA courses in the classroom and online. His academic interests include high-performance organizations, employee engagement, change management, and professional and organizational development.

Sinclair’s business experience is in human resource management, having been the chief human resource officer for three corporations, reporting to the CEO. His career of over 30 years includes working in manufacturing and financial services, before starting his own consulting business. Highlights from Sinclair’s career include the start-up for a Japanese company, Hitachi Electronic Devices (his employee number was 2), building scalable systems and processes for a financial services organization with a high growth strategy, and completing 20 acquisitions in about eight years. He was a finalist for the HR Professional of the Year award, sponsored by the South Carolina State Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Society for Human Resource Management Council.

Sinclair married his childhood sweetheart after graduating from the University of South Carolina and before donning a green uniform. He and his wife, Lynne, have three grown children and eight grandchildren. They are members of Taylors First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C. Sinclair has been active in the employment ministry for over 10 years. He enjoys his faith, family, music (trumpet), sailing, riding his motorcycle, and all things Scottish. He was a charter board member, creating the highly successful Greenville (S.C.) Scottish Highland Games. He plays trumpet in several groups, primarily serving those in retirement homes, assisted living facilities, churches, and patriotic events.

His past community service includes serving on advisory boards for the University of South Carolina (Daniel Management Center and MBA advisory boards), Clemson University’s Human Resource and Technology advisory board, and Greenville Technical College Arts and Sciences advisory board. Sinclair has been a guest lecturer at the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, and Bob Jones University. He was a charter member of the Governor’s Task Force for Literacy in the Workplace and the first president of the Upstate Business Group on Health. He served as volunteer for the United Way of Greenville’s Allocation Panel, charter volunteer consultant for the Outcome Based initiative, and president of the Great Falls (S.C.) United Way Campaign. He was a member of the Urban League’s Employment Advisory Committee. Sinclair served as President of the South Carolina Banker’s Human Resources Committee and was Chairman of the S. C. Banker’s Employee Benefits Trust. He was President of the American Hoechst Federal Credit Union and Vice Chairman of the Sharonview Federal Credit Union. He enjoys his work at Charleston Southern University, linking academia with today’s work environment. This is an opportunity that was not on his radar screen earlier in his career, but God’s plans for him were greater than anything that he could have imagined. Being able to share Jesus with adult students in an academic environment is a blessing that he never imagined. Looking back over his life, he can now clearly see His hand at work, even when he was unaware. His favorite Scripture is 1 Peter 4:10, ‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms’ (NIV).

Your Purpose. Our Mission.

CSU is like going home. I have found that the CAPS program at CSU has a high academic standard, with real-life applications in each course, and a love for Jesus. That is an awesome combination and the main reasons that I applied to teach at CSU several years ago. That is also why I intend to teach in the CAPS program for many years to come. I enjoy the interchange with working adults who are interested in increasing their knowledge and furthering their careers. An online environment is not for everyone; however, for those of us who teach and learn online, online education offers a lot of flexibility, accompanied by a strong commitment and disciplined approach.

Dr. Melvin Sinclair

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Greenville, SC Chapter of SHRM, WorldatWork-Certified Compensation Professional