University of South Carolina

Alumni work for change as elected officials

Change agents

Moving the city forward

“I was elected in November, and since Cayce hasn’t had a new mayor in some time, my first months in office have been spent getting to know various leaders in our community -- political leaders, business leaders, and neighborhood leaders,” she said. “I’ve been meeting them so they can know who I am and so I can listen to them to learn what I need to know and to confirm that we are heading in the right direction.”

Elise Partin
Elise Partin

One of her first projects was creating a vision for the city from the resident and business leader input.

Carolina connections

Partin also is an adjunct instructor in the University’s Arnold School of Public Health.

“I teach Exercise Science 454, a mandatory course that helps juniors and seniors understand what fitness businesses are like, such as in a corporate setting, a clinical setting, or in a community,” she said. “Then we make site visits to these settings, and the students get to see how these businesses are run.”

A psychology major as an undergraduate at Carolina, Partin minored in public health; her master’s degree focused on nutrition and exercise.

“My degrees at Carolina are a good fit for what I do now as mayor in the sense that we learned about finding who the informal community leaders were and what the issues were, so everything I learned applies,” she said. “It’s been a fabulous background for listening to people and finding what we need to be doing.”



Story Continues:  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5PrintEmail
Posted: 06/22/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 11/09/09 @ 1:56 PM | Permalink



Media Relations

USC Times