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#YeahTHATAgenda: Who Will Be UofSC's New Prez, International African-American Museum Update, Offshore Drilling Update, The Price of Boeing's Fix, Robot Love

Apr 26, 2019 08:36AM ● By Chris Haire

The University of South Carolina has been abuzz this week as the four finalists to become the school’s next president have been on campus for finalist forums. The candidates each gave a  30-minute presentation followed by a Q&A for faculty and administration, and then another for students. A third presentation and Q&A -- streamed live and available at  -- was offered for alumni, friends of the university, and any other interested parties. 

The top candidate will become the school’s 29th president. President Harris Pastides is stepping down in July after a decade in the post.

The four finalists are:

  • John Strait Applegate, a professor and executive vice president for university academic affairs, Indiana University System

  • Robert L. Caslen Jr., senior counsel to the president and interim chief financial officer, University of Central Florida

  • William F. Tate IV, dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education, Washington University in St. Louis

  • Joseph T. Walsh Jr., vice president for research, Northwestern University --Leigh Savage


International African-American Museum update: Mellon grant, Architectural Digest shout-out: The International African American Museum, slated to open in 2021, received a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with $1 million earmarked for construction and another $500,000 to support the chief curator position.

The museum was first awarded a $150,000 grant from the foundation in 2017, which allowed the hire of Chief Curator Joy Bivens a year ahead of schedule, said museum board member and former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. in a release. Bivens joined IAAM in 2018 after 16 years at the Chicago History Museum.

“We’re honored the Mellon Foundation has chosen to extend its commitment to the IAAM in a meaningful and significant way, by supporting our curatorial efforts and playing a major role in funding the museum’s creation,” said Michael Boulware, IAAM president and CEO.

Also in April, Architectural Digest magazine covered the IAAM, along with major museums under construction in Berlin and Los Angeles.

The article highlights the “immersive” design of the museum, including its location at Gadsden’s Wharf, where nearly half of all enslaved Africans entered the country during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. An above-ground pavilion will face the Atlantic, and a water feature will mark the site of the original wharf. 

“A critique of other museums dealing with slavery is that they divorce themselves from place,” said landscape architect Walter Hood in the article. “This is the place - ground zero for the African American experience.” --Leigh Savage


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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Cases Determining Extent of Title VII Protection for LGBT Workers (National Law Review)

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Best & Brightest 35 and Under
Katherine Laffitte
Smith Moore Leatherwood | Associate Attorney
Age 29

I am an attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood, where I focus my practice on commercial real estate transactions, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy law. 

Beyond my professional career, I have had the honor of working with several great nonprofit organizations in Greenville, including the Circle of Hearts, which is a group of young women working together to promote the Julie Valentine Center; the Hope Ball, the premiere fundraising event for the Cancer Society of Greenville; and the Child Life Program at the Children’s Hospital at Greenville Hospital System. Additionally, through my participation in Leadership Greenville Class 44, I’ve had the privilege of volunteering at the Meyer Center for Special Children to help build a sensory garden for its students. 

Contributing to the Greenville community is important to me because I believe we all have an obligation to help and promote one another when able. And, in return, each of these opportunities has served me by broadening my perspective and appreciation for Greenville and the great people with whom we share our community.

Thank you to those who nominated me for Greenville Business Magazine’s Best & Brightest 35 and Under. I am grateful and honored to have been chosen.