Name: Fred Quick ’14
Hometown: Bennettsville, S.C.
Education: B.S. in sociology from CofC; master of science in leadership candidate at The Citadel (spring ’21)
Job title: Associate Director for Admissions
How long have you worked at the College? Since July 2014
What are your job responsibilities? Territory management, admissions recruitment and application review across the Deep South and U.S. territories. I typically spend six months traveling, though this isn’t a typical year.
What do you like most about your job? Getting paid to travel has its perks, obviously. But making connections with prospective students is what brings joy to the job. Through the conversations I have with applicants, as they plan their futures in Charleston, each year I get an early glimpse of what our campus community has the potential to be.
What question do you get asked most in your job and what’s your typical answer? Whether at college fairs, high school visits or one-on-one meetings, students often categorize colleges with a niche. I am often asked, “What are y’all known for?” My response every time, “Being amazing … . What do you mean?”
What’s your favorite location on campus and why? As a student, I loved Addlestone Library. Not to study, but because there were so many new people to meet. Mr. Paul (the security officer) had to quiet me down a few times. Those conversations with strangers were great research for details I can share on specific programs with prospective students now that I am in admissions. As an employee, the Cistern Yard is my closest escape from my office and computer screen. Something about open space makes it feel private.
What are your hobbies? I am a bit of a bibliophile. I enjoy starting books, but I rarely finish. Exploring and learning new skills and interests. I listen to tons of podcasts on various topics. I love learning about wine … and drinking it.
What personal and/or professional accomplishment are you most proud of? I placed third in the countywide painting competition at the 1998 Jubilee Arts Festival.
Name a creative work (book, movie, performance, etc.) you enjoyed recently and why? Watched Hamilton on Disney+. Surprised is an understatement: I set the bar way too low for how high it exceeded my expectations.
What was your favorite TV show growing up? Family Matters
What’s next on your bucket list? Making my mama proud. Like the authentic proud, no participation trophies!
What is something your campus colleagues would be surprised to know about you? Maybe not a surprise, but shameless plug. I have a YouTube series with my friends from undergrad called The Real Husbands of CofC.
What was your first job? Third shift electronics department at Walmart.
What’s your favorite Lowcountry restaurant? Caribbean Delight on Rivers Avenue.
Describe your perfect day: Pre-social distancing, the perfect day would involve family, friends, music, spades and a grill. This socially distant summer saw me in my backyard with music tending to my sunflowers.
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