Charleston Business Magazine has included College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu and Graduate School of the University of Charleston Dean Kameelah Martin among the publication’s “50 Most Influential People in the Region” for 2022.

The magazine’s selection of the 50 men and women is a result of staff research and community nominations.

From The Publication:

Andrew Hsu

CofC President Andrew Hsu

President Andrew Hsu

Andrew Hsu, Ph.D., the 23rd president of the College of Charleston, took office in 2019. Previously he was the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo and had been the dean of engineering at San Jose State University and the associate vice president for research and the dean of the graduate school at Wright State University.

Earning a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986, he worked for 11 years in industry before joining academia. Under his leadership, the CofC has added two new engineering programs and kicked off a 10-year strategic plan; as a faculty member he has maintained a continuously funded research lab and published close to 100 journal/conference articles.

Hsu serves on the boards of the Spoleto Festival USA, the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Leadership Council and the S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs – Asian American, and Pacific Islander Advisory Committee.

Kameelah Martin

Kameelah Martin

Dean Kameelah Martin

Kameelah Martin, Ph.D., has taught at the College of Charleston since 2017, and she was named dean of the Graduate School in 2021.

She is a cultural studies scholar whose areas of expertise include the African diaspora, literature, folklore, and film studies.

Martin is the author of “Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work & Other Such Hoodoo” and “Envisioning Black Feminist Voodoo Aesthetics: African Spirituality in American Cinema.”

Prior to joining the College of Charleston, Martin taught at Georgia State University, Savannah State University, and the University of Houston.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University, a master’s from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Now in its sixth year, the 50 Most Influential People Award is presented by the Charleston Business Magazine (CBM) and honors 50 candidates within the business community who have made an economic impact or quality of life impact in the Charleston area.