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Distinguished Alumni Award

USC Upstate will present the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award to Tracey L. Jackson '90 who will give the graduation speech at the December convocation.

Tracey L. Jackson '90

Tracey JacksonThe University of South Carolina Upstate will hold its Convocation honoring December Graduates on Tuesday, December 15 at 6:45 p.m. at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. The University will award degrees to 392 graduates.

“Graduation is always a time for celebration as we recognize those who have completed their experiences here and leave us to use capacities they have developed here for further study, productive work, and meaningful living,” said Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate. “The graduates we recognize this year will further the impact of USC Upstate on Upstate South Carolina and the world. This will be a particularly joyful graduation as we will recognize an outstanding alumna for her career accomplishments, civic service within the local community, and service to the University.”

USC Upstate will present the 2015 Distinguished Alumna Award to Tracey L. Jackson ’90. Jackson will deliver the graduation address.

Jackson earned a 1990 with a degree in political science from the University of South Carolina Upstate. She later earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of South Carolina and Clemson University.

In 1998, Jackson became the first – and only- executive director of Piedmont Care, Inc. The mission of Piedmont Care has been to coordinate and provide medical, social and psychological services for individuals and families affected by or at risk for HIV. In her role as executive director, Jackson has steered advocacy to a new level and, in some ways, redefined the conversation so that it’s about caring for people not stereotyping a disease.

She developed classes for the public that help eliminate fears and misconceptions. These classes, which help break down all the stereotyping and stigma associated with the disease, have paved the way for many to be able to understand HIV/AIDS with factual information. Jackson’s years of experience as a leader in her discipline have given Piedmont Care expertise and enables the agency to be a dynamic service provider for its clients and community.

Under her capable leadership, Piedmont Care has grown from serving 220 clients per year to approximately 550 clients per year. This is a crucial pattern given that our state ranks ninth in the nation in HIV/AIDS cases.

Jackson has received numerous honors and awards for her outstanding accomplishments, which include: 2014 Business and Professional Women of South Carolina Career Woman of the Year, 2012 GSA Business Health Care Hero of the Year (Professional Category), 2007 A National Minority AIDS Council Unsung Hero, 2004 Junior Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year, and 1999 Alma and T.R. Garrison Professional Health Person of the Year.



The University of South Carolina Upstate Alumni Association is extremely appreciative of all the nominations that were submitted for our Distinguished Alumni Award. Submit a nomination for our 2016 award.

Past Recipients

2014
Wanda Fowler
Chris Hawkins '89

2013
Chris Crowley '11

2012
Dr. Sherwood Thompson '80

2011
Sonya Kay Ehrhardt '08

2010
Lee Ann Johnston '80

2009
Michael E. Meilinger ‘93
Penny D. Meilinger ‘92

2008
C. Dan Adams '83

2007
Milton A. “Chip” Smith, Jr. ‘78
Mary Lou Hodge, RN ‘82

2006
Dolores Anderson ‘81

2005
Stephanie Seay ‘91

2004
Lisa Leary ‘87
Jane Bottsford ‘69

2003
Ainsley M. Williams ‘93
Barney G. Gosnell ‘79

2002
William Robert Cobb ‘74

2001
Priscilla Joyce Lipscomb ‘89
Jonathan Taylor McClure ‘83
LTC (Ret) Barry G. Murray ‘82
Dr. Edward Homan Overstreet ‘91

2000
Debroah Ruth Shehan ‘96
Albert V. Smith ‘77
James Robert Smith ‘72
Mike Wood ‘77

1999
Johnny Mack Brown ‘76

1998
Reverend Robert Lee Brown ‘84
Wilson W. Casey ‘77
Henry Alexander Danis ‘83
Dr. Daniel Livingston Dreisbach ‘81
Rebecca Marion Grant ‘83
Harold Andrew May ‘95
Paul Lee Thomas ‘83
Darrell Edward Whitaker ‘92

1997
Kimberly Jean Ashby ’85 & ‘91
Tonie Gail Edwards ‘89
Toni Lea Nunsz ‘91
Jane V. Turner ‘78

1996
David Alan Bellew ‘80
Rev. Mary Jo Cartledgehayes ‘83
Steve Harvey ‘80
Duveen Karen Woolbright ’80 & ‘88

1995
Robert Meadow Carpenter ‘85
Kathleen Gibson Elam ‘83
Gloria Hope Graves ‘91
Vanessa Thompson ‘94

1994
Bonita B. Landers ‘84
Tyrone Sterling Toland ‘90

1993
Harry Howell Clyborne ‘80
Dr. Linda Claire Miller ‘81
Robert Lee Speer ‘83

1992
Lee Hunter Bender ‘82
Elaine Emory Bond ‘90
Paul Alan Gray ‘84
Carl Franklin Hyatt ‘81
Joni S. Phillips ‘90
Lou Lyn Turner ‘84

1991
Dr. Jimmy Arthur Ferrell ‘81
Jeffery Wayne Ray ‘88
John Carter Wallace ‘89

1990
Cynthia Ann Gardner ‘86
William Craig Newsome ‘88
Cynthia Denise Smith ‘81

1989
Janet Sue Kirby ‘83
Susan H. Krause ‘85

 

 

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