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Sessions named to 40 Under 40

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Dr. Valerie SessionsThe 2014 Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list includes Charleston Southern University professor, Dr. Valerie Sessions.

The annual 40 Under 40 awards recognize 40 Lowcountry professionals under the age of 40 for success in their profession and community involvement.

Sessions is an associate professor of computer science and has taught at Charleston Southern since 2007. She is also a part-time computer scientist at SPAWAR.

“Dr. Sessions was just recognized for her excellence in teaching by being granted tenure by the Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Jackie Fish, vice president for academic affairs. “Her commitment to the Charleston Southern’s mission of promoting academic excellence in a Christian environment is evident in every class she teaches and every interaction she has with students. Valerie is a role model for our new professors and CSU is extremely proud of her selection to 40 under 40.”

CSU students know Sessions as an encouraging professor who keeps opportunities to enter professional contests and internships constantly before them. Her students have been successful in local and national computer competitions.

“Dr. Sessions is a truly exceptional faculty member,” added Dr. Jeryl Johnson, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “She is an avid researcher and an engaging teacher. She lectures in an interactive style that draws students into the material and creates a lively classroom environment.”

Sessions is the second Charleston Southern University employee to received the award since 2010. She holds a BS from the College of Charleston, an MS from the University of Charleston and a PhD from the University of South Carolina.

The winners will be honored during a special ceremony and networking event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 10 at Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant. For more information, visit CharlestonBusiness.com.



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