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Dr. Booker Ingram joined the Presbyterian College faculty in August 1987 when he became the first African American to serve on the college’s faculty when he joined the Political Science Department. He went on to serve as chair of the department from 2012 - 2021, after having previously served in the position from 1991 to 1995.  In July 2017, he was appointed as Presbyterian College’s first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. He was named PC’s Professor of the Year in 2000.  
In 2002, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to serve as a visiting scholar at the Kiev Mohyla Academy and the Institute for Linguistics and Law in Kiev, Ukraine, where he taught courses on Democratic Theory, Practices, and Institutions.  
He also has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Awards for postgraduate studies (1992 – Kansas University and 1999 – Harvard University).  Booker earned his B.A. in political science from Winston Salem State University and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University, where he studied political theory and public policy.  
He is a past president of the South Carolina Political Science Association and for several years served on the editorial board of the Association’s Journal of Political Science. His work outside of the college has included serving as the chair of the City of Clinton’s Planning Commission from 1989 – 1992, as well as serving as a mentor for several students at Bell Street Middle School. He currently serves as a member of the Laurens County Museum Association’s Board of Directors, and he also serves on the Board of the Laurens County Community Foundation.   
After serving on the faculty at Presbyterian for 34 years, he officially retired from the college this past July 1, 2021. He and his wife, Florence, reside here in Laurens.


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