Martha Kime Piper Award

The Martha Kime Piper award, named for the first woman president of a public higher education institution in the state, is given bi-annually to recognize a woman with a record of advancing and supporting women in higher education and the education of women in South Carolina.

Presidents of SC higher education institutions are contacted bi-annually to nominate a qualified candidate from their institution. A Committee of the Executive Board of South Carolina Women in Higher Education selects the Piper Award winner from among the nominees. 

The following criteria with percentage weights should be used in considering a nominee for the award.

The recipient must have a record of participation in and support for the activities of South Carolina Women in Higher Education (SCWHE). (35%)
The recipient must hold or have held a position in higher education in a South Carolina institution of higher education. (25%)
The recipient must have a record of advancing and supporting women in higher education and the education of women throughout the state of South Carolina. (20%)
The recipient must have achieved professional recognition for outstanding leadership and contributions to her institution or state. (20%)

Nominations should include:

A one-page letter of nomination describing how the nominee has fulfilled the criteria for selection with special emphasis on the nominee’s involvement in the S.C. Women in Higher Education.

Current curriculum vitae.

Two (2) letters of support.

Current members of the Executive Board of South Carolina Women in Higher Education are not eligible for nomination, nor may they make nominations. Former winners have included faculty members, administrators and presidents from a number of South Carolina institutions. The award is presented bi-annually at the SCWHE Annual Conference.

Previous Martha Kime Piper Award Recipients

Dr. Sally Boyd, University of South Carolina

Dr. Elizabeth Bell, USC Aiken

Dr. Joan Altekruse, USC School of Medicine

Dr. Sue Rosser, USC Columbia

Dr. Sally Hare, Coastal Carolina University

Dr. Mary Thornley, Trident Technical College

Dr. Ellen Wood-Hall, Converse College

Dr. Sue Sommer-Kresse, College of Charleston

Dr. Ann Shoemaker McNutt, Technical College of the Lowcountry

Dr. Kathleen Noble, Aiken Technical College

Dr. Judith Prince, USC Upstate

Dr. Carolyn West, USC Columbia

Dr. Joann Boyd-Scotland, Denmark Technical College

Dr. Kay McFarland, USC School of Medicine

Dr. Sally Horner, Coastal Carolina University

Dr. Deidre Martin, USC Aiken

Dr. Susan Winsor, Aiken Technical College

Dr. Doris Helms, Clemson University

Dr. Nancy Welch, Greenville Technical College

Dr. Caroline Whitson, Columbia College

Dr. Donna Richter, USC Columbia

Dr. Jane T. Upshaw, USC Beaufort

Dr. Anita Bowles, Spartanburg Methodist College

Dr. Christine Curtis, USC Columbia

Dr. Willette Burnham, Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Karen Gainey, Limestone College

Dr. Jackie Blakley, Tri-County Technical College

Dr. Mary Holloway, Midlands Technical College

Note: Institutional affiliations at the time of the award