Meet Anita Zucker, Chairperson of SBE’s Board of Governors

A longtime advocate of education and renowned South Carolina philanthropist, the School of Business is fortunate to have Anita Zucker on-board.

Zucker currently serves as chairperson and CEO of The InterTech Group, her family holding company, and a myriad of family businesses that includes ownership of the Carolina Ice Palace, the Sunfire Grill and Bistro and Tristan restaurant on Market Street, and co-ownership in the South Carolina Stingrays.

A dedicated champion of the School of Business and the College of Charleston, she provides valuable leadership as the chair of our Board of Governors, the key advisory board for our business school.  “Stepping into my new role, I welcome the experience and council of Anita as we advance the strategic direction of the school together,” says Dr. Alan Shao, Dean of the School of Business.

Zucker has been a leader in our community and state for numerous service organizations.  In many of these roles she has distinguished herself in such a way that a list of honors for her wisdom, work, and wealth doesn’t tell the whole story.  She exemplifies what it means to “give back” to her family, friends, faith community, to K-12 and higher education, to service organizations, to her profession, and to the community including the state of South Carolina.  Zucker epitomizes the old adage that “if you love what you are doing, you will never work a day in your life.”

Zucker is steeped in education. She earned a bachelor of arts in education from the University of Florida and a master of education, with a specialty in educational administration and supervision, from the University of North Florida.  She went on to teach elementary school for over a decade.

As an extension of her passion for education, she was president of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Education Foundation.  Zucker also chaired the Drug-Free Workplace Program and participated in the School to Work Task Force. She is a past vice-president of Education and Leadership and formerly chaired the Business Education Council, and the Business Education Partnership Committee.  She is a former member and past chairperson of the Trident Technical College Foundation Board and Executive Board. She was appointed to the Trident Technical College Area Commission by Governor Sanford in October 2007.

In addition to her role as chairperson of the Board of Governors, she also serves on the Advisory Boards of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Jewish Studies and is on the board of the Addlestone Hebrew Academy.  She was also a board member of Porter Gaud School and Ashley Hall School.  Zucker is MUSC Foundation Board chair, Hollings Cancer Center Citizens Advisory Committee, member emeritus (first chair, 1993).

Other civic activities include serving on The Community Foundation Board (executive committee and as past president) and as a trustee of the Saul Alexander Foundation.  In addition, she is a past board and executive board member of the Trident United Way.  She has recently rejoined the Trident United Way Board and served as chairperson for the 2008 Day of Caring. Zucker also currently serves on the Success by Six Committee.

Zucker is a past president of the Charleston Jewish Federation. Her faith is very important to her as is her family history and Holocaust-related legacy.  She is a member of the committee for the Holocaust Memorial at Marion Square and past fundraising chair.  She was the adult board chair of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, and president of Synagogue Emanu-El Sisterhood.

In addition, Zucker is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Charleston. She received the Rotarian of the Year Award from Rotary District 7770 and the Service Above Self Award from both the Rotary Clubs of Charleston and North Charleston.

With more than 25 awards in her name, here are just a few from the list: The “Order of the Palmetto” presented by Governor David Beasley for her dedication to education, an honorary Doctorate of Education degree presented by the Citadel in May 1998, and a Doctor of Humane letters in 1999 from Johnson and Wales University.

Further, Zucker is a recipient of the Malcolm D. Haven Award from The Community Foundation presented in October of 2000 for her contributions and accomplishments for the betterment of the Tri-county community. She is also a recipient of the Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award presented by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in June of 2001. Other awards include the Charleston Jewish Federation’s inaugural “Light Unto the Nations” Award honoring both she and her late husband, Jerry Zucker.  Others include The Book of Golden Deeds Award presented by The Exchange Club of Charleston, and the South Carolina Ambassadors for Economic Development for Charleston County presented by Governor Sanford in September of 2008.

More recently, Zucker was chosen at the Business Education Summit for the Champions for Education Award to honor the long-lasting contributions that she and Jerry made to improve education.  Her leadership was instrumental in moving Personal Pathways to Success education reform from legislation to concrete action.

Her three children are Jonathan and his wife, Laura, Andrea and her husband, Nicolas Muzin, and Jeffrey. Anita also has four grandchildren, Stella Muzin, Daisy Muzin, Jeremy Zucker and Gabriella Zucker.

In her spare time, Zucker loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She also enjoys watching her home team, The Stingrays, and going to the movies with friends.

Other Awards/Honors
Young Leadership Award Winner—Council of Jewish Federations: 1985

Phi Delta Kappa Award—Outstanding Support of Public Education: 1988

TWIN-Tribute to Women in Business and Industry: 1992

Charlestonian of the Year—Charleston Magazine: 1997

Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Award—for living up to the ideals of Hadassah and support of the Jewish people of the United States: 1998

Honorary Doctorate of Education—The Citadel: 1998

Woman of Distinction—Girl Scouts of America: 1999

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters—Johnson and Wales University: 1999

Malcolm D. Haven Award—Coastal Community Foundation: 2000

Service Above Self Award—North Charleston Rotary Club-in recognition of significant contributions to the quality of life for all citizens of the Low Country: 2000

The Reverend Alanson B. Houghton Award-presented to the Zucker family—Youth Service Charleston: 2000

Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award—Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce: 2001

Aaron Solomon Award for Volunteerism—Charleston Jewish Federation

Beta Sigma Gamma Honorary Business Society—College of Charleston

YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award for special recognition of outstanding leadership in business and industry

Light Unto the Nations Award—presented to Jerry and Anita (first recipients of this award) by the Charleston Jewish Federation: 2001

Arthur J. Clement Award-presented to Jerry and Anita Zucker for Excellence in Race Relations—Trident Urban League: 2001

Book of Golden Deeds—The Exchange Club of Charleston: 2004

Outstanding Club President—The Rotary Club of Charleston, District 7770: 2003-2004

Rotarian of the Year—The Rotary Club of Charleston: 2004-2005

District Rotarian of the Year—The Rotary Club of Charleston, District 7770: 2005-2006

Charles P. Darby Community Activist of the Year—Trident United Way: 2006

Woman of Distinction-Lifetime Achievement Award—Girl Scouts of America: 2006

Humanitarian of the Year presented to Jerry and Anita Zucker—Charleston Animal Society: 2008

South Carolina Ambassadors for Economic Development – Charleston County: 2008

Champions for Education Award, renamed “The Zucker Champions for Education Award” – The Education Foundation: 2008

The Jerry Zucker Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – State Department of Education’s Career and Technology Department: 2008

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