USC Upstate News

Prince Receives ATHENA Award

02- 02- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Dr. Judith S. Prince, vice chancellor for the Greenville Campus at the University of South Carolina Upstate, received the ATHENA Award on January 29 when the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting. The 2008 ATHENA Award, sponsored by Independence National Bank, honors individuals who have achieved excellence in their profession or life's work, devoted time and effort in their communities to improve the quality of life for others, and actively helped women realize their full leadership potential.

PrinceJudithPrince has been with USC Upstate for more than 25 years serving in various capacities such as director of graduate regional studies, interim executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, and associate chancellor for strategic initiatives

“One of my top priorities is working with adult female students at USC Upstate,” said Prince. “I see so many of these women at the University Center of Greenville who are juggling work and family. It is amazing what they can accomplish with a job, children, and their own civic responsibilities.”

Prince feels strongly that educating mothers is critical.

“Their education extends beyond themselves,” she said. “Education is the future of their children as well. The greatest prediction of a child’s educational level is the mother’s.”

In addition to devoting her professional life to the field of higher education, Prince is involved in numerous civic activities. She is currently serving as a Ford Foundation Regionalism and Sustainable Development (RSD) Fellow.  This program is sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), a national association uniquely serving individuals involved in the management of chambers of all sizes.

She is the chair of the Vision 2025 Education Task Force in Greenville. In 2008, she received the Soroptimist International of Greenville Woman of Distinction Award. In 2006 Prince received the Matrix Award as Communicator of the Year from the Greenville Chapter of The Association for Women in Communications.

For more details, contact Dr. Judith S. Prince at (864) 552-4243.