Susan T. Shi

Member, Board of Trustees at Furman University

Susan T. Shi

Susan T. Shi

Member, Board of Trustees at Furman University

Biography

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Susan Thomson Shi graduated cum laude from Furman University in 1971 with a degree in history.

As a student at Furman, she served as a student body officer and was elected to Senior Order, the university's honorary leadership organization for senior women. She was also named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She went on to earn a master's degree in education from Furman and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a 2002 graduate of the Riley Institute's Diversity Leadership Academy.

Shi worked for 12 years as an educator and administrator, mostly in the North Carolina public schools. She returned to Greenville in 1993 and then spent 16 years (1994-2010) serving as Furman's First Lady in partnership with President David Shi. She received the Gordon L. Blackwell Alumni Service Award and an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Furman in 2010.

An active civic and community volunteer, especially in the area of education, Shi chaired the boards of Greenville's Public Education Partners, the Community Foundation, United Way and Success by 6 – an early childhood initiative. She led the United Way's development of its Community Impact Agenda in 2003 and Greenville County School's Strategic Plan in 1999. She is the founding board chair of the Institute for Child Success and now serves as Chair Emerita.

Shi's honors include being elected to The Order of The Jessamine (2000), which recognizes contributions of women to the Upstate; receiving the School District of Greenville County's "Superintendent's Award" (2000); being awarded the Community Foundation of Greater Greenville's "Ruth Nicholson Award" (2001); and having the YWCA's "Susan T. Shi Endowment for Infant and Toddler Care" established in her honor (2002). They also include the Whitney M. Young Humanitarian Award (2003), The Children's Hospital of Greenville's "All for the Love of Children Award" (2009), The Magazine of Greenville's "Giving Back" Award (2010) and the United Way's Spirit Award for Community Leadership (2012).

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Treasurer & Trustee at United Way of Greenville County, Inc.

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Interim President at Furman University

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Minister at First Baptist Church - Greenville, SC

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Partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

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President at Hampton Development Co., Inc.

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Chief Operating Officer at Hartness Dynac Systems

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Senior Vice President-Investments at Canal Insurance Co.

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Owner/Chief Executive Officer at Precision Tool Manufacturers

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Founder at Upstate South Carolina Alliance, Inc.

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Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President at Countybank (Greenwood, South Carolina)

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United Way of Greenville County, Inc. provides nurturing and leadership programs. It offers and supports for children for school readiness, high school graduation, and financial stability. The company is headquartered in Greenville, SC.

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Founded in 1826, Furman is the oldest private university in South Carolina. The school is named for Richard Furman, a clergyman considered the most important Baptist leader before the Civil War. Furman was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C., and became the first president of the Triennial Convention, the first national body of Baptists in America. The South Carolina Baptist Convention established Furman’s original campus in Edgefield, S.C., but over the next three decades, the campus changed locations three times before arriving in downtown Greenville, S.C., in 1851. Originally founded as a men’s academy and theological institute, the theological school broke away from Furman in 1858 to become the Southern Baptist Seminary. In 1924, Furman was named one of four collegiate beneficiaries of the Duke Endowment. The Duke Endowment grants sustained Furman through the Great Depression, helped the university coordinate with Greenville Woman’s College in the 1930s, and bolstered the university’s effort to pursue a new campus location. Furman broke ground on its current location north of its home city in 1953. The school would also become independent in 1992, breaking ties with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Today, Furman’s 750-acre campus features an Asian garden, a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin, the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, a Florentine bell tower, a spring-fed lake, 13 miles of paved trails through the woodlands and an 18-hole golf course. It’s not just the school’s beautiful location that makes Furman a great place to learn. Throughout the years, the university has worked to strengthen its residential campus community, rich student life, and rigorous academics.

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