Honorary Life Member: Anita Zucker

A lifelong supporter of education, Charleston businesswoman receives Honorary Life Member alumni award

It is rare that a Florida Gator becomes a member of the University of South Carolina Alumni Association, but Anita Zucker is just such a rare person.

“One of my areas of passion is education,” says Zucker, chair and chief executive office of The InterTech Group Inc. in Charleston. “It is something that I do for people of every age, whether they’re babies or whether they’re trying to get into careers. It is my passion.”

She founded Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative in Charleston, which helps align community leadership and resources to ensure all children successfully meet important milestones from birth to career launch.

As head of one of the largest private companies in the U.S., Zucker oversees the production of devices used in aerospace, aviation and power generation. The InterTech Group and its affiliates also operate in a variety of industries, from aerospace and specialty chemicals to real estate and entertainment.

Along with Carolina graduates Darla Moore, ’75 political science, and Marva Smalls, ’77 political science, ’82 public administration, Zucker was instrumental in creating the McNair Center to advance South Carolina’s knowledge-based economy through innovative aerospace research, interdisciplinary education, economic development outreach and collaboration with the aerospace and allied industries and related government agencies. The McNair Center is home to the Zucker Institute for Aerospace Innovation.

“I am lucky because I have chosen to be involved at USC in projects that are near and dear to my heart,” Zucker says “The people I have interacted with have been amazing. I have had the opportunity to speak with students and they too have been amazing and so obviously, I care about the university.”

For her support of Carolina and her efforts in education and other causes, Zucker has won the 2018 Honorary Life Member Award, which pays homage to friends of Carolina who enthusiastically support and serve the university community.

“It means a tremendous amount especially since I am not an alum,” says Zucker, who has a bachelor’s in education from the University of Florida, where she also is a member of the board of trustees, and a master’s in educational administration and supervision from the University of North Florida. “Hopefully, it means that I am involved and care and do things that make a difference for the University of South Carolina from the students through the professors, staff and administration.

“I am very proud to be a Gamecock.”

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