Spartanburg, S.C. –The University of South Carolina Upstate will award degrees to 877students at its May Commencement on Tuesday, May 6 at 6:45 p.m. on the Quad behind the John C. Stockwell Administration Building. The University will recognize three local citizens — Dolores F. “Dodie” Anderson ’81, Vollie C. “Vic” Bailey, Jr., and Dr. Julian C. Josey, Jr. — with honorary degrees for their contributions as community leaders in Spartanburg.
“Commencement 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 commencement since we will recognize three members of the Spartanburg community with honorary degrees for their contributions here, across our state, and well beyond.”
In addition to receiving an honorary degree, Josey, a Spartanburg native and a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer for more than 40 years at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, will give the commencement address.
Josey’s passion and commitment have led to the development of a nationally-recognized and award-winning cancer treatment program. He was instrumental in developing the radiology oncology program there in 1982 and the formation of the Gibbs Regional Cancer Center, now known as the Gibb Cancer Center and Research Institute.
Josey is a graduate of Wofford College and Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. He completed an internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University, after which he enlisted in the United States Army. He received his radiation oncology training at the Henry Ford Hospital and was a clinical professor of radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Josey has served as a member of the advisory board for the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate and the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education. In 2013, he received the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor.
Dolores F. “Dodie” Anderson ’81 has spent the better part of her life in service to her alma mater and to the USC System. Returning to college at the age of 48, Anderson enrolled in the mature returning student program at Greenville Technical College to enrich her life. She later transferred to USC Upstate where she completed a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 1981. A loyal fan of the USC Upstate Spartans basketball team, Anderson completed a charitable gift to the USC Upstate community that enabled an extensive renovation of the campus’ Hodge Center and also helped transition the athletics program to Division I status.
A devout supporter of the USC Columbia Gamecocks, as well, Anderson’s contributions to the Columbia campus resulted in the construction of the Delores F. “Dodie” Anderson Academic Center for Athletics.
Anderson received the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education Founders’ Day Award in 1986 and was inducted into the University’s Honor Fraternity in May 2005. She is a former member of the USC Upstate Foundation Board of Directors and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award. Anderson was most recently honored by the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education with the Dr. G.B. Hodge Lifetime Achievement Award during the University’s Founders’ Day celebration in February.
Anderson is the former owner of Anderson Hardwood Floors in Clinton and Walterboro, the largest privately owned hardwood floor manufacturer in the United States. In addition to supporting the university, she is a loyal friend of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and the Greenville Humane Society.
Vollie C. “Vic” Bailey Jr. is a South Carolina, native and business leader, with nearly 60 years of experience in the automotive industry. He opened his first automobile dealership at the age of 29 and today serves as the chairman of an automotive company that consists of six new car franchises in Spartanburg.
Bailey has served as chairman of the Ford National Dealer Council, chairman and president of the South Carolina Automobile and Truck Dealers Association and dealer council representative of the Atlanta District Lincoln Mercury Dealer Association. In 1988 he received the Time MagazineQuality Dealer Award for the state Automobile Dealers Association.
Bailey has been a member of the South Carolina Highway Commission and a founding director of Carolina Southern Bank. He is a past president of the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association, a past vice chairman of the Spartanburg-area Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Board of Visitors of the Medical University of South Carolina, a past chairman of the Board of Governors of the Shriners Hospital and a former vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
An active community member, Bailey was a board member of the Spartanburg County Council and Spartanburg General Hospital and worked with visionary community leaders such as Dr. G.B. Hodge, former South Carolina Senator Horace Smith and former Representative T.W. Edwards in the development of the University of South Carolina Upstate.
His efforts as a commissioner on the South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation helped to ensure the development of a road network on and around the USC Upstate campus. Bailey remains dedicated to the growth of the campus and is a supporter of its annual athletic events.
For more information regarding the May Commencement, please contact Cindy Evans at (864) 503-5985 or visit www.uscupstate.edu/graduation.