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IMG 2927Leon and Connie Ginsberg have been close to the College of Social Work for thirty years, since 1986 when Leon was appointed Carolina Research Professor (later, Carolina Distinguished Professor) and Connie served as executive director of Family Connection of South Carolina for 15 years. Family Connection served as a field instruction placement for the College and many of its full-time employees were graduates of the College.

During his last years at USC, Leon was Dean of the College. After retiring from USC, Leon served as Interim Chair of the Department of Social Work at Appalachian State University and finished his work at Appalachian State as Interim Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Leon finished his MSW at Tulane in 1959 and the doctorate in political science at the University of Oklahoma in 1966. He was a faculty member at Oklahoma for five years and then served for nine years as director, later dean, of the School of Social Work at West Virginia University, beginning in 1977. He became Commissioner of the Department of Human Services of West Virginia in 1977, where Connie was also a state official in the Department of Culture and History. After completing his work at Human Services, Leon became Chancellor of the West Virginia Board of Regents for Higher Education, them came to USC.

When asked why they chose to give to the College of Social Work, Leon made this statement: “We are not accustomed to making large donations and really don’t have the means to do so often—but the College is one place we were and are anxious to help. Colleges within Universities must depend on private philanthropy and alumnae are an integral part of its finances.  Many supporters giving many donations of any size often make the differences of what the college is able to sustain and to offer. We have enjoyed working with the faculty and students of the College and are indebted for Dean Emeritus Frank Raymond who allowed us to initiate all sorts of exciting programs including international social work experiences for social work students, national conferences on social welfare policy and technology. We’ve been pleased to see Dean Scheyett carrying forward the College’s excellence including the new building, and are sorry to see her go—even though it is to a School with which we have had many connections over the years. We wish the faculty, staff, and students continued success in educating social workers and in contributing to the knowledge base of the profession.”

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