Photo: First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides

First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides

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 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.

A member of the university’s Board of Visitors, Moore-Pastides also serves on the McKissick Museum Advisory Board and the University of South Carolina Dance Board. She is a member of the Ex Libris Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, and Healthy Carolina.

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).