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Faculty, trustee honored as Liberty Fellows for leadership

By Liz White,, 803-777-5400

Two USC faculty members and a Board of Trustees member have been chosen as Liberty Fellows for their leadership roles in South Carolina.

Dirk Brown, director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center and a clinical assistant professor at the Darla Moore School of Business, and Danielle Holley-Walker, the associate dean of academic affairs and professor with the School of Law, were among 23 leaders from around South Carolina selected to be a part of the 2014 class of Liberty Fellows.

Leah Moody, a Board of Trustees member and USC law alumna, also will join the class.

The Liberty Fellowship is a two-year program in conjunction with the Aspen Institute and Wofford College that brings together South Carolina’s top leaders, ages 30 – 45. The fellows attend four rigorous seminars over a two-year period where they will reflect on what they think makes a just society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face. One of these seminars is the Aspen Institute Globalization Seminar, where they will interact with other fellows from around the world. Additionally, each fellow selects a project of his/her choosing to strengthen the state.

“The fellows in this class represent a wealth of varied experiences, remarkable individual successes and a shared, keen focus on South Carolina’s challenges and potential,” Hayne Hipp, Liberty Fellowship founder, said in a statement.

Brown founded Pandoodle Corporation, a digital media technology company with offices in California, New York and South Carolina. As an executive, he has a track record of developing, marketing and licensing disruptive, proprietary technologies.

Holley-Walker has published several articles on civil rights and education issues. Her ongoing research focuses on issues of educational equity and public school governance. Before becoming a professor she practiced civil litigation in Houston and clerked for Judge Carl E. Stewart in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I’m just happy to have been chosen and I look forward to learning a lot in the program and to being able to complete my project that will hopefully benefit the people of South Carolina,” Holley-Walker said.

Six other USC alumni were chosen as a part of the program, which recognizes leaders who have been successful in their chosen field and are involved heavily in their communities. They include Catherine Templeton, juris doctor; Bruce Bannister, juris doctor; Eleanor Dunlap, bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in public health; Julie Medich, juris doctor; Bratton Riley, juris doctor and master’s in international business administration; and Walter Tobin, master’s and doctoral degrees in education administration and an education specialist degree in teaching. The South Carolina Honors College boasts having at least one alumnus in every Liberty Fellows class since 2007.

The Liberty Fellowship was established in 2002 to build on the success of the Aspen Institute locally in South Carolina. Fellows are selected by nomination and supported by senior advisors. Through participation in forums, action groups and an annual summit, they share expertise, explore solutions and provide continued leadership to the organization and the state.

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Posted: 07/17/12 @ 3:50 PM | Updated: 08/10/12 @ 4:35 PM | Permalink



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