Cat Angus featured in Executive Speaker Series

Monday, February 5, 2007

ORANGEBURG – The next installment of SC State’s weekly Executive Speaker Series will feature Catherine “Cat” Angus, immediate past district governor of Toastmaster International District 58 (State of South Carolina).

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at noon in the fourth floor auditorium of Belcher Hall. For additional information, contact Dr. Ann Winstead at (803) 533-3777.

The Executive Speaker Series, sponsored by the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, is a component of the Leadership and Professional Development Program, which all business majors are required to complete. The series exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government.

Past participants have come from a wide array of companies and industries, including Pfizer Inc., Springs Industries, Bowater Inc., Ernst & Young, BellSouth, Black Enterprise, SCANA, Sonoco, Bank of America, Johnson Controls, Milliken & Company and the FDIC.

Catherine “Cat” Angus is the immediate past district governor of Toastmasters International District 58, the State of South Carolina. Last year, as district governor, she led South Carolina to number one district in the United States and number five district internationally. Toastmasters International is the premiere professional development organization focused on improving communication and leadership skills throughout the world.

A recognized leader in the Toastmasters organization, she has served in many offices including president, vice president of education, vice president of public relations, vice president of membership, and Secretary-Treasurer in six different local Toastmaster chapters. She is an award-winning communicator and has been named Division Governor of the Year and Toastmaster of the Year for the State of South Carolina.

During the 1980s, Angus managed the world’s fourth largest office of Orkin Exterminating and was, at one time, the only female manager of a full-service Orkin operation. She also served as a strategic planner and special programs developer for the Rollins Corporation. For the last 23 years, she has been employed by the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT). While at SCDOT, Angus has served as the administrator of the Outdoor Advertising Program/Beautification Program, a human resources program developer and trainer, and, for the last ten years, has worked in the Highway Safety Office as an occupational safety and health manager.

Currently, Angus manages the SCDOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance Program for CDL drivers in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Administration Regulations and she maintains oversight of drug and alcohol program compliance for 22 transit agency grantees statewide under Federal Transit Administration Regulations. She is a Highway Safety Advocate, a full member of the S.C. Impaired Driving Council and is co-chairwoman of the council’s Education and Information Sub-Committee. Through her company, Avalon Consultants LLC, she provides a variety of training programs and develops drug and alcohol testing policies and programs for private industry and government.