Patricia Moore-Pastides, first lady of the University of South Carolina, is a successful
public health professional, the author of three books, an accomplished cook and an
advocate for many worthy causes. In addition to her role as first lady, which includes
hosting events for the university throughout the year, health is her top priority.
Patricia Moore-Pastides pursues her passion for health through teaching, cultivating
organically grown produce for events and the Healthy Carolina Farmers Market, conducting
cooking demonstrations, cooking classes and lectures, and collaborating with campus
partners to promote meditation.
She is a member of the university’s Board of Visitors and is an adjunct faculty member
in the university’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, where she
teaches the course Healthy Mediterranean Cooking. Moore-Pastides has also served as
a director and planner for several health care organizations. She enjoys promoting
health and wellness throughout the various USC campuses and the region.
Moore-Pastides’ most recent work, “At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe,” is a fascinating look at the President’s House, a historic landmark in the center
of the university’s original campus. Her previous books are “Greek Revival: Cooking for Life” (2010) and “Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life” (2013).
Letters from the First Lady
With a bounty of life experience and health expertise to share, First Lady Patricia
Moore-Pastides shares practical ways you can enhance your life on campus and beyond.
Learn how you can make time work with your health in mind.
At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe
You can purchase “At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe” through USC Press, on campus
at the Russell House Bookstore or online through Amazon. You can also pick up signed copies of the books at Moore-Pastides’ book signings.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the university’s Educational