Dr. Ghussan R. Greene Elected Vice Chairperson of S.C. Humanities Council

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Humanities Council SC, in its 40th year as the state program of the National Endowment of the Humanities, is governed by a 23-member volunteer board of directors.  The council awards more than $200,000 annually in grants and conducts annual statewide initiatives such as the S.C. Book Festival and the S.C. Humanities Festival.  The council’s largest project to date is publication of “The S.C. Encyclopedia.”

“I am pleased and honored that the South Carolina Humanities Council has given me this responsibility. I hope that through my influence, I can raise the level of awareness of the grant opportunities that are available through the council to SC State University, as well as to the Orangeburg community,” said Greene.

Greene, who resides in Orangeburg, S.C., holds degrees from Claflin University, Atlanta University and the University of South Carolina, where she was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in English literature in 1978.  She taught in the public schools in the state of South Carolina and in the state of Florida as well as Claflin University and Seminole Community College, prior to her employment at SC State.

She holds professional memberships in the National Council of Teachers of English and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Active in community affairs, she is a member and recent past chair of the CASA Family Systems Board of Directors;  member  of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Humanities Council; journalist and Rosenwald program coordinator for the Orangeburg Chapter of The Links, Inc.; member of the Wesley Foundation Board of Directors; member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and president of the United Methodist Women and a member of the senior choir of Trinity United Methodist Church.

In her spare time, Greene enjoys reading, Sudoku, internet backgammon, spades and bridge.  For more than 30 years, she has been married to George R. Greene Jr., an SC State retiree.