Title: Faculty Member
Company: University of South Carolina
Location: West Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Cecile Holmes, Faculty Member of the University of South Carolina, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Religion.
With 35 years of professional experience, Ms. Holmes has been a faculty member of the college journal and Massachusetts commission at the University of South Carolina since 2000. Prior to obtaining her current role, she was the section religion editor for the Houston Chronicle from 1989 to 2000, having been the religion writer since 1987. Earlier in her career, she was a religion writer with the Greensboro New and Record from 1984 to 1987.
Ms. Holmes was inspired to pursue a career in the field from an early age, having always had an interest in religious studies. Her parents further encouraged her, and they took her on a visit to Israel. She first pursued an education with the University of South Carolina, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, magna cum laude, in 1977. She then joined the University of North Carolina, completing a fellowship in 1982. She continued her studies with the school, earning a Master of Arts in liberal studies in 1994.
A respected voice in her areas of interest, Ms. Holmes has been affiliated with a number of professional organizations. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Religion Newswriters Association, and the Houston Press Club. She has also been active with Beta Sigma Phi, Kappa Tau Alpha, and Omicron Delta Kappa. She has volunteered with the North Carolina Episcopal Diocese Hunger Commission, the Greensboro Urban Ministry, the National Conference of Christians and Jews Forum, the Ethics of Humane Care, the Education for Ministry, the United Way Campaign for the Homeless, and the Racial Reconciliation Task Force of the South Carolina Christian Action Council.
Throughout her career, Ms. Holmes has been recognized for her contributions. The recipient of the Piedmont Baptist Association Award, she received the Community Journalism Award from the North Carolina A&T State University and the Public Service Award from the North Carolina Press Association. The Religion New Association gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award, the Society of Professional Journalists gave her a Mark of Excellence Award, and the Religious Public Relations Council gave her a Wilbur Award. She has been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Religion, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who of American Women.
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