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Palmetto College

Faculty and Staff

Alice Taylor-Colbert, Ph.D.

Title: Director
Department: Innovation
Palmetto College
Phone: 803-777-1430
Fax: 803-777-8840

1420 Pendleton Street, Suite 239
Columbia SC 29208

Alice Taylor-Colbert


As Director of Innovation for Palmetto College, Dr. Alice Taylor-Colbert assists the Chancellor with strategic planning, college initiatives, program development, grant writing, innovation grant management, and special project management.  She is also a tenured Professor of History.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Taylor-Colbert served as Campus Dean of the University of South Carolina Union.  Under her leadership, USC Union achieved record student enrollment, the highest percentage of fund raising for the Carolina’s Promise Campaign among the four Palmetto College campuses, the establishment of the Pacer Pathway program with USC Aiken, the planning of an Early College program in Laurens County, and the establishment of a “last dollar” scholarship program in Laurens County. Funded by private donors, local businesses, and a corporate foundation, the Campus Beautification Project she began will enhance both the campus and the city of Union. 

Dr. Taylor-Colbert holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in American Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her research, publication, and museum work focus on Southern and Cherokee history and culture.  She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Cherokee Studies, past co-editor of the Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians, and past president of the Georgia Association of Historians. For non-profit organizations and state boards, she has held officer positions and consultant roles for strategic planning, grant allocation, board development, and museum and archives collection management and exhibition.  She is a peer reviewer for SACSCOC and the North Central Higher Learning Commission and has written numerous accreditation reports. She held a 2012-13 American Academic Leadership Institute Provost Fellowship at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and participated in the 2015-16 Millennial Leadership Initiative of AASCU. 

Background Highlights:
Dr. Taylor-Colbert’s career began at Shorter College, where she rose in rank to tenured, full professor of history and served as Director of Summer Programs, Director of the Shorter College Museum and Archives, and Dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences.  She worked with presidents, vice presidents, and a major donor to create a Welcome Center with a Museum Gallery, and led re-accreditation committees and community initiatives.  

As department chair at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, she developed new academic programs and advised 350 majors until she trained faculty to advise.  She served on the Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Advisory Council and led the American Democracy Project to acceptance in the national Civic Agency Initiative of AASCU. 

As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Arts and Humanities at Lander University, Dr. Taylor-Colbert led faculty in the development of the Student Academic Showcase, a Civil Discourse Initiative of the American Democracy, enhanced departmental assessments, and the creation of an interdisciplinary, flexible major.