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Wofford professor to receive Excellence in Teaching Awards

April 3, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College professor Dr. Clarence (Ab) Abercrombie is among the first recipients of Excellence in Teaching awards presented this week by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Inc. (SCICU). The professors will be honored at a banquet on Tuesday, April 4, in Columbia, during South Carolina Independent Higher Education Week (April 3-7) as proclaimed by Gov. Mark Sanford.

Abercrombie, a professor of biological and sociological sciences, has served as a professor in mammology and wildlife management at Vietnam National University. He has taught wildlife ecology, wildlife management and agricultural statistics at Africa University in Zimbabwe, and he has worked as a consultant on population modeling and statistics and as a field assistant in herpetological research for the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. Abercrombie has particular expertise on crocodiles and alligators, and his research has been included in such publications as Journal of Herpetology and Crocodilian Biology and Evolution.

The recipients of the 2006 SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award will be honored with a certificate and a professional development grant for $3,000. The award is given to one faculty member at each of the 20 SCICU member colleges and universities. Each recipient was chosen by his or her institution according to rigorous criteria. The most important characteristic of the nominees is their demonstration of the highest standards in teaching methods that encourages students to strive for excellence in their studies and pursuits.

SCICU was established in 1953 with the primary mission of promoting independent higher education in South Carolina. SCICU seeks to advance independent higher education through fundraising, scholarships, research, and by facilitating collaborative activities among the 20 member institutions, which educate nearly 33,000 students each year. For additional information about SCICU, contact Brenda Torrence or Wayne Landrith at (803) 799-7122, or visit at