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"N" is for Nance, Milligan Maceo, Jr. (1925-2001)

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"N" is for Nance, Milligan Maceo, Jr. (1925-2001). University president. After service in World War II, Nance returned to college at South Carolina State. Nance graduated in 1949 was employed by his alma mater as a clerk. Over the next two decades he steadily advanced through the administrative ranks. In 1968, during campus unrest that led to the Orangeburg Massacre, Nance was a steadying influence on campus and in the Orangeburg community. In June 1968, he was named president. During his nineteen-year tenure, the college experienced dramatic growth and progress. Twenty new degree programs were established. And, there were major capital additions including dormitories, classrooms, and a theater. Maceo Milligan Nance, Jr., was fair, honest and politically savvy; however, he could be blunt and would readily tell people what they often preferred not to hear.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.