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Patricia W. Wannamaker

Patricia W. Wannamaker

Patricia W. Wannamaker

Pat Wannamaker received both her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She taught English and German for nine years in secondary schools in the state before finishing her Ph.D. in German and linguistics at Louisiana State University in 1964.

Wannamaker finished a 25-year teaching career at Clemson as founding Director of the Language and International Trade baccalaureate degree program under the funding of the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).

Pat Wannamaker envisioned a Clemson Language and International Trade degree that would combine humanistic and technical learning to develop cultural sensitivity as a marketing tool in global business.

She formed partnerships with supporting agencies, and multinational firms were also a vital part of the success of L&IT: in example, the S.C. State Development Board; the S.C. Ports Authority; the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, and the many upstate multinational firms and their parent companies around the world.

Wannamaker also invested a lot of time and effort in recruiting high school students for visits to Clemson’s campus, and more specifically to provide information to the potential future Language and International Trade majors.