University of South Carolina names residence hall for Celia Dial Saxon

Board of Trustees honors renowned African American educator

Celia Dial Saxon

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to name a campus residence hall for University of South Carolina graduate and revered African American educator Celia Dial Saxon.

“Celia Dial Saxon is one of the university’s most remarkable alumni, a woman whose impact and reputation stretched across the nation,” Interim President Harris Pastides said. “Our university rightly honors her by naming this building for her. Not only was she a true education pioneer, but she embodied the spirit of equality and justice through her life’s work. The Celia Dial Saxon Building will stand as a reminder to current and future generations of students of the high ideals she championed.”

The residence hall for upperclassmen, located at 700 Lincoln Street in Columbia, will be formally dedicated in Saxon’s honor in a public ceremony in the near future, Board Chair Dr. Dorn Smith said after the vote. 

Read the full story, written by Jeff Stensland, on the university website.

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