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Citadel News Service
17 Feb 2017

Top education influencers recognized by Zucker Family School of Education

Some of the Lowcountry’s leading influencers in education are being honored through the Zucker Family School of Education’s (ZFSOE) Wall of Fame tradition. The 2017 celebration highlighted the accomplishments of inductees in a the seven categories listed below. (Appearing in each photo on left is ZFSOE Dean, Larry Daniel, Ph.D., as well as Barbara Hairfield, chair of the ZFSOE Development Advisory Board, on the right.)

Outstanding Contribution to Educational Policy

Zucker Family School of Education Wall of Fame

The Honorable Samuel Rivers, Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, in response to his support of legislation to advance opportunities for students and improve education in South Carolina.

Outstanding Historical Contribution to Education at The Citadel

Thomas Mahan The Citadel

Thomas Mahan, Ph.D., Citadel Professor Emeritus, for his role in developing graduate programs at The Citadel and serving as Founding Dean of The Citadel Graduate College.

Outstanding Alumnus of the Zucker Family School of Education

Terry Nichols Wall of Fame inductee The Citadel

Terri Nichols, Associate Superintendent, Charleston County School District, for her many years of service to and leadership within education in Charleston.

Outstanding Contribution to Education in the Lowcountry

Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation inducted into Zucker School of Education Wall of Fame


Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation, for their support of the annual Roundup fundraising event and other related community events that provide Charleston area students with school supplies, medical checkups, and other services to assure their success in school. Accepting the award on behalf of the foundation was Paul Graham who is the former tour manager for the band, and now serves as vice president for Empire Sports Management in Charleston.

Outstanding Corporate Contribution to Education at The Citadel

Google South Carolina team inducted into Citadel Wall of Fame

Google Inc., for the South Carolina team’s generous support in helping found and sponsor the annual Storm The Citadel trebuchet competition, in addition to other corporate efforts to advance education in the Lowcountry. The team is led Jeff Stevenson, who is senior program manager at Google and a member of The Citadel Class of 1991.

Outstanding STEM Educator

Darwin Shorters Zucker Family School of Education Wall of Fame

Darwin Shorters, a computer science teacher at St. Johns High School, for finding creative ways to encourage students to increase the knowledge and understanding of careers in the STEM fields.

Outstanding Member of the Zucker Family School of Education Faculty

Kathryn Richardson-Jones, Ph.D., for her creative efforts, above and beyond the call of duty, in assuring her students are well-prepared to be educators.

Mistress of ceremonies, WCBD-TV (News2) education reporter and news anchor Octavia Mitchell, Octavia Mitchell News 2led the Wall of Fame celebration, graciously introducing each of the inductees while reviewing their contributions to quality education in the Lowcountry and beyond. Each award is accompanied by a trophy, and a permanent plaque commemorating each winner is kept on display in the Zucker Family School of Education’s offices at The Citadel.

About The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel

The purpose of the Zucker Family School of Education’s undergraduate and graduate programs is to serve the people of the Lowcountry, the state of South Carolina, the Southeast, and the nation by providing high quality programs in the preparation of middle and secondary teachers, professional educators, and school counselors. Through our initial program for teacher candidates for P-12 schools and our advanced programs for professional educators in P-20 schools, the Zucker Family School of Education cultivates undergraduate and graduate students into principled educational leaders capable of and committed to transforming our schools into learning communities where all children and youth succeed. For more information or to inquire about applying, please click here, email schoolofeducaiton@citade.edue, or call (843)-953-5097.

See more photos from the 2017 Wall of Fame celebration by clicking here.


Octavia Mitchell with Citadel Cadets


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