Dr. Patrick Hickey named Capstone faculty principal
The University of South Carolina has named Dr. Patrick Hickey the new faculty principal of the Capstone Scholars Program.
Hickey succeeds Dr. John Spurrier, who served as faculty principal from 2005 until his recent retirement.
“Dr. Spurrier epitomized the role of a principal, and, as the first principal for the Capstone Scholars Program, he established a high performance standard and garnered the love and respect of all his students,” said Dr. Dennis Pruitt, vice president for student affairs and vice provost for academic support. “Fortunately, the university has in waiting a person with remarkably similar attributes, and we are thrilled Dr. Hickey is both prepared and willing to share his talents and experiences as our next Capstone principal.”
Hickey is a faculty member in the College of Nursing and has more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, operating-room educator and hospital risk manager. An avid traveler and mountaineer, Hickey climbed Mount Everest in 2007 to become the world’s first nurse to have scaled the Seven Summits, the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents.
“Dr. Hickey brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the Capstone principal position,” said Helen Doerpinghaus, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies. “His international experience, science and service orientation and his love of adventure make him a great choice for leading ‘beyond-the-classroom’ learning. He is committed to students and to their success, and he will continue the established Capstone tradition of excellence.”
Hickey earned a nursing degree from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario, Canada; a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Corpus Christi State University; and master’s degrees in health education and nursing and a doctoral degree in public health from the University of South Carolina.
“I am very excited to be a part of this prestigious program and look forward to helping these high-achieving students to realize their potential,” Hickey said. “As I reflect on my own initial college years, I can easily identify three teachers that made a significant difference in my life and, by doing so, greatly helped me to be who I am today. I hope to be able to make that same difference in the lives of these students as I ‘pay it forward.’”
The Capstone Scholars Program is the university’s living-and-learning community for select, high-achieving, first- and second-year students. The program provides these students with educational enrichment in and beyond the classroom, including specially designed courses, community-service activities, lectures from prominent faculty and community members and group discussions on films and current events.
For more information about the Capstone Scholars Program, call 803-777-4411.