Allison Dean Love
"I've spent a lot of time with many of the female cadets over the years, and I have so much respect for what they have chosen to go through. I applaud anyone, male or female, for choosing to be in the Corps. It's not easy and not meant for everyone, but nothing worthwhile is easy." 1 – Allison Dean Love – first woman appointed as a full voting member of The Citadel’s Board of Visitors
Allison Dean Love is a public relations and communications consultant and successful businesswoman, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. She began her involvement with The Citadel in the early 1990’s when she earned her MBA in the Citadel Graduate College. She was selected to be a nonvoting member of the Board of Visitors in 1997 and in 2000, the SC General Assembly elected her as the first female to serve as a voting member of this important governing body. She has been elected by the General Assembly three times and remains the only woman to serve on the college governing board.
A resident of Columbia, S.C., Ms. Love is the president and CEO of Allison Dean Love Consulting, a PR and communication firm with local, state and national clients that include the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. She is the former executive director of the South Carolina Insurance News Service, a non-profit organization which provides insurance information to the media and consumers.
In addition to an MBA from The Citadel, she has a degree in Management from Middle Tennessee State University and has completed a year toward a Ph.D. in Communications/Public Relations at the University of South Carolina. She is a lifetime member of The Citadel Alumni Association and member of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.
Ms. Love’s leadership contributions to The Citadel cannot be overstated. As a member of the Board of Visitors for nearly 17 years, she has served on almost every committee. Currently, she serves on five of the Board’s committees: Executive; Communications and Community Relations (Chair); Education and Leadership; Legal Ad Hoc; and Board Composition Ad Hoc. She serves on the Lowcountry Graduate Center Board of Directors and is a former Chair. She is actively involved in many Citadel organizations, including the Alumni Association, Brigadier Foundation, The Citadel Foundation, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Citadel MBA Association. Ms. Love’s dedication to The Citadel through tireless service.
Allison Dean Love (2014). Personal communication