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“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.

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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.”

 

 

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Posted: 06/22/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 11/09/09 @ 1:56 PM | Permalink

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