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Four from USC tapped for Leadership Columbia

by Marcie Nelson,

The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce has announced its Leadership Columbia Class of 2014. This year’s group of public and business leaders features four members of the Carolina community.

USC faculty and staff members Hilary Dyer Brannon, Kirk Randazzo, Mary Elizabeth Sewell and Lori Anna Varnadoe are among 59 leaders comprising the 41st class of Leadership Columbia.

Leadership Columbia is designed to inspire current and future leaders to hone skills that will benefit the city and greater community. As a class, Leadership Columbia members participate in a 10-month curriculum that includes monthly learning sessions, a class retreat, group projects and a variety of activities intended to enrich their understanding of and knowledge about Columbia.

More than 1,700 have graduated from the Leadership Columbia program since it began in 1973.

Meet the USC members of Leadership Columbia 2014

Hilary Dyer Brannon

Assistant director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

"I am so honored to be selected as part of Leadership Columbia's newest class. I'm looking forward to a great year of learning more about my community, the programs and resources available, areas of need and what I can do to help, and the people who are working to make Columbia a great place to call home. I'm also excited to step beyond the Horseshoe gates and meet other Columbia professionals who are passionate about making a difference. I know it'll be a year I'll never forget."


Kirk Randazzo

Associate professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, and director, Carolina Leadership Initiative

“As the director of the Carolina Leadership Initiative, I constantly tell students that developing oneself as a leader is a lifelong journey. Leadership is not an 'either/or' phenomenon but rather a continuum. The focus is not about changing the entire world, but making a positive different in our little corner of it. Formal training programs such as Leadership Columbia allow for this personal growth and I am extremely fortunate to have this opportunity.”


Mary Elizabeth Sewell

Associate director, University 101

“As a University 101 instructor, I talk with my students about the importance of being an active member of not only the Carolina community, but the Columbia community as well. I want to be an example to my students, and I know that through Leadership Columbia, I will not only be exposed to the needs of the community and ways that I can help but also the great opportunities the city has to offer. I plan to share what I learn with my students and challenge them to get involved and give back.”


Lori Anna Varnadoe

Administrative coordinator, Finance and Budget Office

“As a member of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2014, I hope to learn more about the opportunities and challenges that exist in Greater Columbia area. In the past five years I have been employed with the University of South Carolina, I have been able to meet extraordinary individuals from all around campus and learn what they contribute to larger picture of the University of South Carolina. I consider Columbia my home, and want the best for our community not just at the present, but for future generations that will also make Columbia their home.”

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Posted: 08/05/13 @ 5:00 PM | Updated: 08/08/13 @ 2:00 PM | Permalink



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