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Distinguished Alumni Award

The highest honor bestowed by the College of Charleston Honors College, the Distinguished Alumni Award publicly recognizes Honors College alumni who are noted for their professional achievements, their contributions to society, and their support of the College of Charleston. Honorees have performed exceptional service for the College of Charleston through cumulative contributions or by extraordinary efforts that advance the both the Honors College and the College of Charleston.


Susan West Story '93


This year’s recipient, Susan West Story, is a native of Moncks Corner, SC. Susan graduated cum laude with B.S. degrees in economics and business administration, as well as departmental honors in economics and finance. Since graduating from CofC, Susan has lived across the globe and worked in a variety of capacities for the United States government. Along with her husband Jimmy, a career foreign service officer with the US Department of State, and their son Mac, Susan has resided in Washington, D.C., New York City, Guadalajara, Mexico, Maputo, Mozambique, Brasilia, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Bogota, Colombia, and most recently, Caracas, Venezuela.

Susan’s unique skill set and international experiences have seen her develop into an expert in international relations, national security issues, foreign policy, contract and program management, and international development. Throughout her career, she has worked for a variety of U.S. embassies, government entities, and private firms in areas ranging from financial management to procurement to contract administration.

Currently, Susan works as a Contract Support Advisor for E-9 Corporation, a business management firm that provides administrative, IT, and public safety services for a client list that includes the DOS, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Army, and the National Institute of Health. Susan’s work with E-9 has seen her provide procurement assistance to the DOS Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), specifically at the Office of Africa and the Middle East (AME).


2018- Michael S. Shemtov '00
2017- Arlinda Locklear, J.D. '76
2016- Lisa Broome, Ph.D '92
2015- Melissa Siegel, Ph.D '03
2014- James G. Hodge Jr., J.D., LLM '89
2013- Howard L. Hall, Ph.D '85
2012- Wills Geils, MD '88
2011- Beth Middleton Burke, J.D. '94
2010- Steve Swanson '89

  1. Graduate of the Honors Program/College at the College of Charleston
  2. Exemplary Professional Achievements
  3. Significant Contributions to Society
  4. Distinguished Service to the Honors College and the College of Charleston