“She is highly regarded among educators for her ability to create performance opportunities for students by bringing guest choreographers and stars of the most prestigious dance companies in the world to Carolina,” Pastides said.
Anderson joined the university’s faculty in 1975 and has devoted more than three decades to developing dance at Carolina. Under her leadership, the university’s dance program has grown three-fold. She spearheaded efforts to begin a bachelor’s degree program in dance performance/choreography and dance education and initiated plans that led to the construction of the 32,000-square-foot Band and Dance Building that opened earlier this year.
Anderson is the artistic director of the USC Dance Company, the USC Dance Program and the USC Dance Conservatory and is artistic director of the organizations.
The prestigious award is administered through the S.C. Commission on Higher Education. Since its inception in 1988, the award has gone to 35 faculty members from both public and private colleges and universities in the state.
“We cannot overstate the positive impact an engaged, passionate professor has on the lives of his or her students,” said Ken Wingate, chairman of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education. “Professor Anderson is one of those once-in-a-lifetime instructors. Her success in the classroom and in the professional dance community is remarkable.”