Pearlie S. Harris

Title: Chair
Company: Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health
Location: Mauldin, South Carolina, United States

Pearlie S. Harris, chairperson of the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health at St. Francis Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of education and healthcare.

Ms. Harris retired in 1994 after more than three and a half decades as a teacher in the Greenville County School District. Before joining the district, Ms. Harris taught at Washington High and Elementary School in Greenville, South Carolina, and at the Robert Smalls Elementary School in Beaufort, South Carolina. In honor of her work as an educator, Ms. Harris and her students were included in a mural by Guido van Hultan on the Canvas Tower in Greenville, which was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of school desegregation.

Since departing from her role in education, Ms. Harris has been a prolific advocate for healthcare. She sits on the board of Unity Health on Main and is the namesake and chair of the board of directors of the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health, a clinic of the St. Francis Medical Center, which is managed through the Bon Secours health system. Additionally, Ms. Harris is an active member of several Catholic organizations, including the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women and the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Likewise active as a patron of the arts, she is a member of the Greenville County Youth Orchestra and a board member of Centre Stage Theater.

Ms. Harris has received numerous accolades over the span of her career, including the Volunteer of the Year Award from the St. Francis Medical Center, an MLK Citizenship Award from Alpha Phi Alpha and a Certificate of Recognition as an Upstate Black History Maker. Furthermore, Ms. Harris was named as the South Carolina State Catholic Woman of the Year for 2010, as the Woman of the Year for the St. Mary’s Women’s Club in 2009, and was presented with a key to the city of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, in 1992.

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