Photographer snaps up two prestigious awards
The Citadel named long-time campus photographer, Russell K. Pace, Employee of the Year during a special parade in his honor on Summerall Field. An employee of the college since 1986, Pace was also recently awarded the prestigious Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence silver award in the individual photography category for a picture of Summerall Chapel.
“The college is certainly fortunate to have Russ Pace. The CASE award only reaffirms what we at The Citadel have long known about Russ—that he is an outstanding photographer, a valued member of the college community and deserving of recognition as Employee of the Year,” said Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds.
Pace began his career at the age of 16 as a wedding photographer for Olan Mills. He majored in photojournalism and media arts at the University of South Carolina while working as a university photographer for the yearbook, newspaper, and portrait studio. During his college years, he also worked for The State newspaper and Associated Press. Later, he was a S.C. campaign photographer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. His work has appeared in national publications, including Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and Southern Living. In addition to serving as the director of photography at The Citadel, he teaches digital photography courses at colleges in South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina.
At The Citadel, Pace has photographed more than 500 parades. Always behind his camera, he is a mainstay on campus photographing The Citadel and the Corps of Cadets, working after hours trying to land the best shot The Citadel has to offer. He has led the college’s conversion from film to digital photography, and, while working with the webmaster, he has developed an online process to make photos available to the public for browsing or purchase.
his wife, Elaine, live in Summerville. They have one son, Cody, 11.