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Three alumni selected for Liberty Fellowship

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Cochran, dean of Mungo Center for Professional Excellence, included

– W. Scott Cochran, dean of Wofford College’s Mungo Center for Professional Excellence, has been chosen to participate in the eighth class of the Liberty Fellows program that begins this fall.

Cochran is a 1988 Wofford graduate and is one of three of the college’s alumni among the 23 members of the class. His classmates include Walt Wilkins III (class of 1996), solicitor for the South Carolina 13th Judicial Circuit (Greenville and Pickens Counties); and Dr. Vicki Young (class of 1987), department head for clinical quality improvement for the South Carolina Primary Care Association in Columbia.

Liberty Fellowship is a statewide leadership initiative founded by Hayne Hipp, Wofford College and The Aspen Institute. The Liberty Fellowship program seeks to inspire outstanding leadership in South Carolina, empowering the state’s leaders to realize their full potential. Fostering a values-based approach, Liberty Fellowship exposes rising leaders, ages 30-45, to diverse perspectives, critical thinking, and intellectual and personal development. Liberty Fellowship Forums are open to all South Carolinians and focus on these issues critical to the state: economic development, public policy, education, health and environment.

The fellows will attend four rigorous seminars over a two-year period where they will reflect on what they think makes a just society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face. One of these seminars is the Aspen Institute Globalization Seminar, where they will interact with other fellows from around the world. Each Liberty Fellow also commits to a personal project that will have a positive impact at the state level.

“Our eighth class is enormously impressive, reminding us of the quality of leadership we have percolating in South Carolina,” says Hipp. “While they span a wide range of thought and diversity of perspectives, these fellows share a desire to take action to make South Carolina better.”

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