Edgar is the author of “South Carolina: A History,” regarded as the definitive book on the Palmetto State’s history, and is editor of “The South Carolina Encyclopedia,” the first encyclopedia about the Palmetto State.
He holds four professorships -- Carolina Trustee Professor, George Washington Professor of History, Claude Henry Neuffer Chair in Southern Studies and Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts.
Edgar is the director of the Institute for Southern Studies and was the founder and first director of the university’s Public History Program. He hosts “Walter Edgar’s Journal,” a statewide program on South Carolina Educational Radio that looks at contemporary events in context.
The Lightsey Society was named after the late Dr. Harry M. Lightsey Jr., a long-time advocate for and contributor to higher education in the state. The society was created by the S.C. Higher Education Foundation to support its efforts to advance and enhance the quality of higher education in our state. Edgar, who will be inducted into the Higher Education Hall of Fame at a banquet on Oct. 7, joins Lightsey and former S.C. Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley Jr. as past laureates.
For information on the Oct. 7 Lightsey Society Higher Education Hall of Fame banquet or the work of the South Carolina Higher Education Foundation, call Gail Ginsberg at 803-788-7001 or 803 260 0221.