University to pay tribute to former president Sorensen
The University of South Carolina will hold a service to honor the memory of former president Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen Tuesday, April 26, at 10 a.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts.
A bicycle tribute also is planned.
Sorensen, the university’s 27th president, died Sunday, April 17, at his home in Ohio. He was 72.
Among those participating in the service will be current university president Dr. Harris Pastides; Dr. Bradley D. Smith, senior pastor of Eastminster Presbyterian Church; former Columbia Mayor Bob Coble; Tommy Preston, third-year law student and former president of the Student Government Association; Board of Trustees chairman emeritus Herbert Adams; and community members.
Members of Sorensen’s family are expected to attend.
University police, in tribute to Sorensen’s love of cycling, have organized a bicycle ride to the service for members of the community.
Participants are asked to gather in front of the South Caroliniana Library on the USC Horseshoe by 9:15 a.m.
Cyclists will ride to the Koger Center and arrive at 9:40 a.m. USC police will watch their bikes during the service.
Sorensen was Carolina’s president from 2002-08 and was distinguished professor and distinguished professor emeritus in the School of Medicine until last fall when he left to become senior development officer at Ohio State University.