Converse College welcomes six new members to its esteemed Board of Trustees: Sandra Hartnett ‘75, retired educator in Spartanburg, SC; Padrica Hopkins, M.D. ‘85, Medical Oncologist and Partner at Georgia Cancer Specialists in Stockbridge, GA; Lt. Colonel Karla Jones ‘85 (Ret.), Director of Customer Success at Dynamic Signal Technology in San Bruno, CA; Tina Rohner…
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Photo of the Converse tower

Converse College has received a gift for $2 million to support Converse’s future educational mission. The gift, from an anonymous alumna and her husband, is to express their deep appreciation to Converse for the alumna’s educational experience. “Through the generosity of donors, we further the reach of Converse’s distinctive educational experience and programming,” said Krista…
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SCAEA logo with colored pencils

Converse faculty, students and alumnae were out in force at the 2019 South Carolina Art Education Association Conference in Greenville. Students and alumni received multiple awards including: Andrew McMillian ’13 – SCAEA Outstanding Principal; Elise Stuck ’09 – SCAEA Middle Level Educator of the Year. Cindy Riddle ’08 was elected President of the SCAEA and…
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Converse Tower

Converse College welcomes four new members to its Board of Trustees: Chris Dorrance, Senior Associate Consultant for School Strategies and Solutions Consulting; Rear Admiral Stephen I Johnson (Ret.), Chair and Executive Coach at Vistage International; Linda Layman Redding ’88, National Sales Manager at Wells Fargo Equipment Finance; and Elizabeth Findlay Vingi ’87, former O’Quinn Schools…
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On Thursday, October 17, Converse welcomed donors and its Board of Trustees to campus for the annual A Thousand Thanks event. The festivities honored our Leadership Society donors who have given $1,000 or more to the School in the last year.  At the reception, guests mingled with faculty, staff and students while enjoying refreshments and…
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Converse Tower

In celebrating the founding of Converse College this year, the community gathered to hear a 2007 graduate share her advice on creating a community in a world where there are so many barriers to engaging with each other. The Student Government Association also unveiled their theme for the coming year, “Sharing The Past, Empowering the…
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Catny Bessant Photo

The Upstate community is invited for a free professional development and networking event at Converse College on Friday, March 8. Converse’s annual President’s Leadership Forum will host Cathy Bessant, chief operations and technology officer for Bank of America, for a fireside chat moderated by Converse President Krista Newkirk at 3 p.m. in the Barnet Room…
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Backer family at the piano

By Courtney Hammett ‘19  Converse alumna Anna Kathryn Haverty Backer and husband Joe Backer first started their music lessons business during graduate school. The Backer Piano Studio grew to serve more than 60 students before they graduated, and within the two following years, Anna and Joe had laid the groundwork for opening the Cincinnati School…
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Photo of alumna Susan Long

By Courtney Hammett ‘19 In May 2018, Converse alumna Susan Byrnes Long ‘o4 launched a podcast that had been years in the making. How She Got Here was borne of personal and political turmoil and the eternal question: How do I get from hoping to doing my part to make the world better? The first…
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A Tesla with the Valkyrie on the side, driven by alumna Karen Thomas

By Ella B. Webster ’20 “Who would have thought, when I was sitting in biology class as a student, that one day I would know how to ship a car from coast to coast?” laughs Dr. Karen Thomas. Thomas is a Converse alumna, a long-practicing chiropractor, a wife, and a mother. In addition, she’s a…
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