History Buzz October 13, 2011: Jerome “Jerry” Reel: Clemson historian receives Governor’s Award


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Source: Anderson Independent Mail, 10-13-11

The Humanities CouncilSC presented a Governor’s Award in the Humanities to Clemson historian and professor emeritus Jerome “Jerry” Reel on Wednesday in Columbia.

Established in 1991, the Governor’s Award in the Humanities recognizes outstanding achievement in humanities research, teaching and scholarship; institutional and individual participation in community-based programs that promote public understanding of ideas and issues related to the humanities; excellence defining South Carolina’s cultural life to the nation or world; and exemplary support for public humanities programs.

Reel is being honored for a career that began at Clemson University in 1963. He has a Ph.D. in history from Emory University and has touched the lives of hundreds of students and served Clemson as dean of undergraduate studies, senior vice provost and university historian.

His academic publications include “Women and Clemson University: Excellence—Yesterday and Today” and “The High Seminary, Volume 1: A History of the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina, 1889-1964.” In 2007, Reel headed the bicentennial celebration of Thomas G. Clemson’s birth, and recently he was the major contributing author to the biography “Thomas Green Clemson.” He was the second professor to be named by Clemson’s Student Alumni Association as an alumni master teacher.

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