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Thurman W. Anderson

Original Founder

Thurman W. Anderson, original founder imageThurman Anderson's involvement in Horry County education extended more than 75 years. Elected in 1941 as county superintendent, he fought hard to improve educational opportunities for the young people of this region. Anderson presented the idea of establishing a college in Horry County to the County Board of Education and pursued the idea by generating support among community leaders. He retired as county superintendent in 1973. Anderson was a vital part of the development of the then USC College of Coastal Carolina. Anderson was a member of the Coastal Educational Foundation Inc. from 1959 to 1964, serving as secretary from 1960 to 1963, and was a member of the Horry County Higher Education Commission until 1970.

Anderson lived to witness the day USC College of Coastal Carolina become an independent university on July 1, 1993, when the institution became Coastal Carolina University. He died on Oct. 1, 1996.