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From left, Betty Davidson, Chris Thomas, Susan Anderson, Ken Wingate
Susan Anderson (second from right) accepts Governor's Professor of the Year Award with Chris Thomas, the two-year college recipient. CHE Chairman Ken Wingate (far right) and Betty Davidson of the Governor's Office presented the awards.

‘Woman of Vision’ honored as Professor of the Year

When an entourage of University of South Carolina faculty and administrators made a surprise appearance in the class of dance professor Susan Anderson on Oct. 23, they had good news to share with her.

University President Harris Pastides and Ken Wingate, chairman of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education, told Anderson that she had been selected as the 2009 Governor’s Professor of the Year. On Thursday (Nov. 5), Anderson stood in the rotunda of the S.C. Statehouse where the honor was officially recognized by state leaders.

Betty Davidson, the educational ombudsman for S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, praised Anderson for shaping the university’s dance program from its humble beginnings in the late 1970s to a flourishing program that serves 3,000 students each year.

“Susan Anderson is woman of vision. She has great passion for teaching … she guided the university’s dance program into a new era,” Davidson said, noting that Anderson’s college students visit at schools where many young students have not had the opportunity to see dance performances.

“She wanted to reach out to the world,” she said.

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Professor of the Year

  • What: Annual award given to one professor from a four-year college and one professor from a two-year college
  • Who: Dance instructor Susan Anderson, plus Chris Thomas from Florence-Darlington Technical College

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