The Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education held its 49th annual Founders’ Day Celebration on Thursday, February 18 and honored nine individuals who have contributed greatly to the University of South Carolina Upstate.
“The Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education is pleased to host this celebration each year as it provides an opportunity to pay particular tribute to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in support of USC Upstate,” said Thomas R. Young, III, chairman of the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education. “The unwavering commitment of these awardees and the vital role they each play in enriching the legacy of USC Upstate is a true testament to why this University was founded in 1967.”
The Founders’ Day Award provides recognition to those persons in the larger community who have been of exceptional assistance to the University. This award was presented to State Senator Glenn Reese and City of Spartanburg Mayor Junie White.
The Honorable Glenn Reese and Krispy Kreme doughnuts have become synonymous over the years. It’s no wonder. He took over the family business in downtown Spartanburg in 1979. But making sure doughnuts were served hot and now to the people of Spartanburg County wasn’t his only priority. He felt a calling and a duty serve the people of District 11. In 1991, Glenn was elected as a South Carolina State Senator. A position he still holds today. During his tenure as a state senator, Glenn has been named Legislator of the Year by the S.C. Pharmacy Association (2000), Legislator of the Year by the Retired Teacher Association (2004), and Legislator of the Year by the Police Benevolent Association (2004). He was appointed to the Joint Bond Review Committee in 2016. Reese has been a loyal and supportive friend to USC Upstate. He has involved in the many formative discussions regarding the new roadway around USC Upstate and has pushed tirelessly for bond funding for new projects at USC Upstate.
The Honorable Junie White purchased his first service station in 1964then known as Esso, along I-85. In 1981, White’s Pine Street Exxon was relocated to downtown Spartanburg and it became much more than a service station. It was a community gathering spot where customers still received full service. Junie took young men under his wing and taught them the ways of life and how to be successful men. Junie had earned a reputation as being honest and forthright with his customers and extremely generous in the community. He donated to just about every charity in town. White relocated the station to the corner of Pine Street and Country Club Road in 2004. He ran for City Council in 2006 and then for the Mayor’s seat in 2009. Under his leadership the City of Spartanburg has experienced the most sustained period of downtown revitalization and investment in its history with 60 businesses opening in the last three years and nearly $100 million in investment, The City is the first Bicycle Friendly Community in S.C. and significant investments have been made in parks and recreation. The Mayor is a trailblazer when it comes to human rights. White is the first mayor in S.C. and of the first in the Southeast to openly support gay rights. Thanks to his efforts, Spartanburg is home to the largest Pride Festival/March in South Carolina. USC Upstate is most thankful to White for his leadership as Mayor and for the partnerships he has initiated between the City and USC Upstate. He is also to be commended for his personal philanthropic support of USC Upstate and its students.
The Award for Distinguished Service honors those who have demonstrated a long and distinguished career of service to the University, characterized by exceptional dedication to the work at hand and to the institution. The Award for Distinguished Service was presented to Ms. Elaine Guest Crosland, Dr. Diane Daane, Ms. Janice Dellinger, Dr. Dwight Lambert, and Dr. Faruk Tanyel.
Elaine Guest Crosland, executive coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs, was recognized for 18 years of exceptional service. In 1997, Crosland was hired as a budget coordinator for the Department of Fine Arts, Languages and Literature. In 2000, she transferred to the Office of Academic Affairs as an administrative assistant where she worked mainly for the associate vice chancellor of academic affairs. In 2001, she became the administrative coordinator for Office of Academic Affairs and was elevated in her position to the assistant to the Interim Executive Vice Chancellor (now Senior Vice Chancellor) and other executive vice chancellors. Crosland became absolutely indispensable, especially with faculty processes, including hiring, promotion and tenure. She will forever be known for her in-depth knowledge of the various policies and processes, keen attention to detail and overall commitment to high quality work. Her integrity and a high degree of professionalism truly set the standard for performance. Crosland retired at the end of 2015.
Dr. Diane Daane, distinguished professor emeritus, spent 11 years in the corrections and legal professions before entering the world of academia in 1984 as an assistant professor of criminal justice. She came to USC Upstate in 1992 and achieved the rand of full professor in 2005. Daane’s long and distinguished career at USC Upstate has been characterized by her immeasurable contributions as a brilliant and caring teacher and her willingness to assume vital leadership roles that enhanced this University. In 1993, she coached the USC Upstate Mock Trial Team when it won the Outstanding New Team Award during National Competitions. She chaired the Sexual Assault Task Force in 1994 that evaluated campus security measures and made recommendations to make the campus safer with more lighting and emergency call boxes and the development of programs on sexual assault and safety awareness. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1995. Her deep and meaningful commitment to USC Upstate have been demonstrated in her numerous leadership roles. She chaired the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Self-Study Financial Resources Committee (1999-2001), served on the University Planning Committee (1999-2002), served as chair of Faculty Senate (2000-2001), chaired the Faculty Manual Review Committee (2004-2007), and chaired the USC Upstate NCAA Division 1 Self-Study Steering Committee (2009-2011). Daane played a significant role, along with Dr. Jennifer Parker, in developing the minor and the curriculum for the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) that provides comprehensive training to students who plan to work in a variety of areas serving children. She teaches courses for the program, which has become the largest and fastest growing minor at USC Upstate. Daane was also involved in the formation of the USC Upstate Child Protection Training Center, which is comprised of a Mock House and a Mock Courtroom and is used to train child protection workers. It is unique to the Southeast region and one of only four centers of its kind nationally. The University granted Daane the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus upon her retirement at the end of 2015.
Janice T. Dellinger, director of business services, began her service to USC Upstate in 1990 as an administrative coordinator in the Office of Business Affairs. She was responsible for providing support to the vice chancellor of business affairs and to the departments within the Division of Business Affairs, which allowed her the opportunity to be exposed to and gain experience with many aspects of the University’s business structure. In 2009, Janice was promoted to director of purchasing where she was involved with the development of many contract proposals, property lease agreements and land acquisitions, and outsourcing of dining services. She served in this role until her retirement in 2015. During Janice’s tenure at USC Upstate, she served as president of the Administrative Employees Club and chair of the Staff Council. She will long be remembered for her exceptional dedication and integrity.
Dr. Dwight Lambert, professor of political science, has served USC Upstate for nearly 38 years with a selfless dedication rarely observed. He served as Faculty Senate Chair (1987-1988), edited the USC Spartanburg Catalog (1984-1987), penned the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institution Self-Study (1990-1991), and authored the Greenville Campus Study Report (2013). Beyond those achievements, he wrote a successful National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant in 1986 that delivered $600,000 of funding to the University’s Library. Lambert has served on, and often chaired, every significant University and department committee. In 2005, he began six-year tenure as chair of the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies. Notorious for his writing, he is the author of seemingly innumerable reports, memoranda, and letters on how he thought the University might be improved. Central to his work for Upstate is his conviction that the University can best be improved by putting faculty first. His honesty, candor and integrity have won him the respect of many colleagues, even those with whom he may disagree. For many years, he has been the unofficial ombudsman to countless faculty and staff members. Lambert has worked diligently to improve educational opportunities for USC Upstate students and his effect of the futures of generations of students will continue to be appreciated for many years to come. In 1985, Lambert was awarded Teacher of the Year. He was one of the first professors in the country to develop what came to be his celebrated class, Art and Politics. It became a staple in the political science curriculum, with many students awaiting his teaching of it.
Dr. Faruk Tanyel, distinguished professor emeritus, embarked upon a career at the USC Upstate in 1981 that would eventually span 34 years and lead to him serving in a variety of leadership roles. Tanyel was hired as an instructor and then promoted to an assistant professor in 1982. He served as acting dean (1986-1987) and assistant dean (1985-1989) before being named full professor in 1990. He served as chair of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics from 1995 to 2001. For eight years, Tanyel served as the internship director (2004-2012) where he placed 20-25 students per year in hands-on learning experiences that led to many full-time employment opportunities. Tanyel has given extensive service to faculty governance that reflects his deep and serious commitment to USC Upstate and its operations and demonstrates the high regard that his colleagues share for him by seeking his nomination for these leadership positions. He served a chair of found standing committees (Student Affairs, Executive Affairs, Admissions and Petitions, and Faculty Welfare; served on search committees for the USC President, USC Upstate Chancellor, and the Mary Black School of Nursing Dean; and served as Chair of the Faculty Senate for four years. His service also extended beyond faculty governance. USC President Harris Pastides appointed Tanyel to serve on the USC Board of Trustees Academic Liaison Committee, he was the USC Upstate Foundation Faculty representative, he chaired the Family Fund Campaign (2000-2001), and he served as the Athletic Affairs and Faculty Athletic Representative. The campus community valued Tanyel’s expertise and viewed his input as reflecting careful consideration of constituents’ needs. A well-deserved reputation was earned by Tanyel as being someone who possessed a great deal of knowledge about the University and who could navigate the system effectively to achieve positive outcomes. The University granted the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus to Tanyel upon his retirement in March 2015.
The USC Upstate Foundation also presented its Gold Dome Award, one of the highest and greatest honors this University can present and it is reserved for those whose leadership and vision is carrying us forward in the 21st century. The Gold Dome Award recognizes sincere loyalty and commitment to USC Upstate and its future through faithful and generous gifts of support. Tammy West Adams ’86 and C. Dan Adams ’83 received the Gold Dome Award for their remarkable generosity to USC Upstate, which has resulted in accumulated giving in excess of $1 million. Tammy has built a 30 year career in nursing, first at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and later in private practice. Dan is the president and chief executive officer of The Capital Corporation, which he cofounded in 1991 as an investment banking firm focusing on mergers and acquisitions to the middle market. Since the firm’s founding, Dan has led The Capital Corporation to become one of the largest and most influential merger and acquisition boutiques in the Southeast. With more than 30 years of experience in finance, Dan has directed in excess of 200 merger and acquisition transactions. He has also advised companies in various sectors including, finance, health care, manufacturing, service, restaurant, transportation, and waste industries. Dan is an active private equity investor with investments in a broad range of industries with particular concentration in Consumer Finance through Integrity Funding, a Texas based lending company serving the consumer lending industry; Home Décor Industry through Rowley Company, an international manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler of drapery products based in North Carolina; Restaurant industries operating a chain of IHOP restaurants centered in Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado; and Bojangles restaurants in North Georgia; and the Consumer Health industry through AccessOne a national Discount Medical provider with offices in the Carolinas and Texas. Dan is Chairman and serves as a board member of several privately held companies in the southeast. He also served as past President of the South Carolina Investor’s Network (SCIN). Being active in civic affairs is very important to both Tammy and Dan. He currently serves on several nonprofit boards including The Greenville Museum Association, Artisphere Board and Rose Ball. They served alongside one another on the Heart Ball Board recently and he has also served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club. USC Upstate honored Dan with the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award and the 2015 Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education Founders Day Award.
“Founders’ Day provides the perfect platform for us to celebrate the founding of our institution and to recognize people who have made USC Upstate what it is through their careers, their contributions, and their commitments,” said Chancellor Tom Moore.