Dr. John McFadden, director
John McFadden, Ph.D., Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program Director and the Benjamin E. Mays Distinguished Professor Emeritus, is the first African American scholar in the history of the University of South Carolina to be named to an endowed chair. He has authored in excess of 160 professional publications and has made over 250 research and scholarly presentations throughout the world. Dr. McFadden has held a number of administrative positions at USC, including Associate Dean of the College of Education and Senior Vice President for Intercultural Affairs and Professional Development.
Among his books are Transcultural Vignettes for Helping and Management Professionals, Challenges of Cultural and Racial Diversity to Counseling, Discipline and Classroom Management, Counseling-Parenting-Teaching, Counseling and Teaching: Identity versus Assimilation. His book, entitled Transcultural Counseling, entered a second edition. Dr. McFadden is an international authority on stylistic counseling and transcultural counseling.
View Dr. McFadden's Vita [pdf]
Ms. Rhittie L. Gettone, administrative coordinator
Rhittie L. Gettone, M.Ed., Administrative Coordinator for the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program, plans, coordinates, and manages the delivery of services to doctoral students and faculty mentors associated with the program. Ms. Gettone also assists with the recruiting and interviewing of potential candidates, represents the program at local and national conferences, manages and analyzes the budget, and provides administrative support for the Director of the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program.
Ms. Gettone has twelve years of supervisory and management experience in industry, eight years experience as resource development director for a non-profit agency, and fifteen years in higher education. Ms. Gettone received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Carolina.
As a volunteer and secretary for the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators (SCABSE), Ms. Gettone was the first recipient of the President's Award for service to SCABSE. Ms. Gettone was also a 1992 Leadership Columbia graduate and was recognized in 1997 with the establishment of a Rhittie Gettone "Leading by Example" scholarship for high school students at Communities In Schools, Columbia, Inc. In 2003, she was selected to receive the Outstanding Staff Award by the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Ms. Gettone was a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues for six years while serving as staff co-chair for two years and Diversity In Leadership subcommittee co-chair for four years.
In March 2014, Ms. Gettone was one of the nominees selected to receive the “Above and Beyond” 2014 Women of Excellence sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at USC. This award recognized her significant contribution to USC as well as the lives touched daily while serving the university community.