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In Memoriam: Dr. Dan Berman, Former Director of University 101 Programs

Former University 101 Programs Director, Dr. Dan Berman, passed away September 17, 2021. Dan was a consummate educator, teacher, and beloved colleague.

Berman held many roles at the University of South Carolina, including assistant professor in the College of General Studies and the Department of Media Arts, Co-Director of University 101 Programs from 1989-1999, and Director from 1999-2007.

One of Berman’s closest friends and colleagues, John Gardner, the first Director of University 101 Programs, noted that “Dan was an exceptionally devoted and collegial colleague committed to creating a community of faculty, staff, and students, who worked in unison to serve the goal of helping our first-year students make a successful adjustment to the University. His focus was always on what would be best for the whole university and its students.”

Berman made countless contributions to the University of South Carolina and University 101 Programs, but among those that most contributed to his legacy were the students' lives that he impacted as a faculty member and his creation of the Peer Leader Program.

Berman was admired and appreciated by his students. “Dan Berman’s passion for teaching was unsurpassed, as was his interest in the intellectual development of his students,” recalled Stuart Hunter, former Executive Director for University 101 Programs and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and a long-time colleague of Berman’s.

As Director of University 101 Programs, Berman stewarded and molded the Peer Leader Program, which is now a hallmark of University 101 and first-year seminars across the United States. Thanks to him, countless juniors and seniors have had the opportunity to impact first-year students as University 101 Peer Leaders. 

Current Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost, Dr. Dennis Pruitt said of Dan:

“We all owe Dan our gratitude for being the innovative educator and leader he was over his years as Director of University 101 Programs. Dan’s memory will remain with us, and his good work will be felt by generations of first-year college students both here and at colleges across the world.”


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