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School of Humanities has three new advisory board members

The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences has appointed Tandy C. Rice, Jr., Stacy L. Pearsall and Ann W. Elish to its advisory board.

“The addition of these three, extraordinarily accomplished people to our advisory board diversifies its ranks and will provide our students and faculty with important new opportunities for development in a variety of fields,” said Bo Moore, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences 


Tandy Rice

Tandy C. Rice, Jr. was born in Franklin, Tenn., and graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961 and subsequently served a three years in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command. Rice is the president and CEO of Top Billing International, a leading Nashville-based entertainment and marketing company specializing in world-wide booking and management of some of the most notable names in country music.

A supporter of numerous civic groups and charities, Rice holds a master’s degree in liberal arts from Vanderbilt University, is a former president of the Country Music Association, a member of the North American Country Music Hall of Fame, and the founder of the endowed Rice Scholarship at The Citadel. 


Stacy Pearsall

Stacy L. Pearsall has twice won the National Press Photographers Association's Military Photographer of the Year competition. During three tours of duty in Iraq as an Air Force photographer she also earned the Bronze Star Medal and Commendation with Valor for heroic actions under fire. Combat disabled and retired from the military, Pearsall works worldwide as a freelance photographer and educator, and is the owner and director of the Charleston Center for Photography.Pearsall's work has appeared in print and television media, including Time magazine, New York Times, CNN, and the British Broadcasting Corp.; been exhibited in numerous venues across the United States; and been featured in the Oscar-nominated PBS production, “Operation Homecoming.” She works extensively with veteran's rights groups and is a multi-medaled athlete, including gold, from the U.S. Paralympic sponsored Wounded Warrior Games in 2010 and 2011. 


Ann Elish

Ann W. Elish graduated from the Citadel with an MBA in 1986 and a master's in Clinical Counseling in 2008. She has worked at the Westvaco/MeadWestvaco/KapStone paper mill in North Charleston for 33 years. Currently she is the operations manager, responsible for approximately 450 employees producing 2,400 tons of paper per day.

Elish serves as second vice chairman on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, is a disaster mental health volunteer with the American Red Cross, and a former member the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation Board of Directors.

The 21 members of School of Humanities and Social Sciences advisory board volunteer their time to assist in identifying fundraising support for the school and the cadets and Graduate College students and advise college leaders on developing effective programs.

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