Prince Receives Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding Individual Award

June 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Dr. Judith Prince, vice chancellor, University of South Carolina Upstate Greenville Campus, received the Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding Individual Award at the 2011 Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards dinner hosted by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Anderson and Spartanburg Chambers of Commerce. The awards dinner was held on Tuesday May 3, 2011 at the Carolina First Center in Greenville. The diversity leadership awards recognize individuals and organizations who exhibit leadership in promoting diversity in the Upstate and who are committed to supporting and sustaining an inclusive environment in the Upstate. 

The Calder D. Ehrmann award was sponsored by Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation. Nominees for the award were submitted to the Riley Institute at Furman and the South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative. Individuals receiving the Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding Individual Award demonstrate a high degree of success in promoting diversity and inspiring others to embrace diversity in the community. Recipients of the diversity award are role models in promoting diversity in the areas of business, individual leadership, community building, schools and civic organizations. 

The nomination for Dr. Prince emphasized her sustained and passionate commitment to diversity spanning over 25 years. Among the diversity initiatives in which Dr. Prince provided leadership are the following: Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Martin Luther King Dream Weekend; leadership development for the Association of Hispanic Women in Greenville; increasing the diversity of participation in Upstate Reality Check; organizing ATHENA recipients in Greenville to mentor women in business; Chair, Women for Rotary; President of the Executive Board of American Council on Education Network of Women in Higher Education; President of South Carolina Women in Higher Education; and Chair, Diversity Task Force for Leadership Greenville Board of Regents. 

Presentations about diversity have been made by Dr. Prince at Michelin North America’s Diversity Leadership Conference, Connections at Furman University, Salute to Education at the United Negro College Fund Gala, conferences for South Carolina Women in Higher Education, and in many states in the U.S. Numerous articles in The Greenville News  have focused on closing the educational gap for Greenville’s diverse community, especially in the number of minority males attending college. 

Other diversity awards received by Dr. Prince include the Access Leadership award from the Upstate Office of Disability Services at Student Affairs Awards Banquet; the Non-Traditional Student Advocate Award at Upstate for exceptional service and dedication to non-traditional students;  the Center for International Studies and Language Services Award for advocacy on behalf of international programs and students of diverse backgrounds; the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Distinguished Service Award for support of excellence and equity in higher education, and the Nancy Moore Award for a lifetime of service to women in higher education on behalf of faculty, students, and administrators at USC Upstate. 

According to Betty Ellis, “The values of diversity leadership are at the very core of her being. Promoting diversity and diverse people frames her everyday life whether in small, often overlooked daily acts to large focused acts occurring on the local, regional, state, and national scale. These acts from both ends of the spectrum reflect Dr. Prince’s passion for mentoring women and all people of color.”