"I am happy and proud at the direction The Citadel has chosen to expand the curriculum in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and to include all who wish to participate in the programs offered." – Maxine Hudson – Teacher/educator
Ms. Maxine Hudson, a retired North Charleston High School history teacher, was the first woman to graduate from a Citadel degree program. She finished her requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching in December, 1969 and received her diploma in May, 1970.
Ms. Hudson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and her first teaching experience was at Graniteville High School. She began her life-long relationship with The Citadel in 1955, when she attended summer school to renew her SC Teacher’s certificate. At that time, Education classes were conducted in Bond Hall, which also housed the library and the only restroom for women. She recalls parking in a lot that is now the site of Daniel Library.
The Citadel was the first school in the Lowcountry to offer a Master’s degree program, establishing the MAT in 1968 as a service to the local community. When Ms. Hudson entered this program, she truly felt herself to be a part of The Citadel "family."
Ms. Hudson most certainly was a gifted and respected educator. A Star Teacher, and three-time Taft Fellow, she made significant contributions to history education in SC. Ms. Hudson was the co-author of the first integrated US History Guide for SC students in grades 8 and 11, as well as contributing to the development of US history and government exit exams for Charleston County. She also introduced the first US History Honors course, early out for students, and observance of President’s Day in Charleston County.
Ms. Hudson was a respected leader among Charleston’s educators. She was a member of the Superintendent’s Advisory Board and served as Chair of the North Charleston High School’s History Department.
Rigsbee, F. (1971). 650 students have enrolled in Citadel Graduate School. The News and Courier, March 19.
Maxine Hudson (2014). Personal communication.