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Scott Shanklin-Peterson is director of the Arts Management Program and associate professor in the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston (South Carolina). In 1994 Scott was named deputy chairman for partnership for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in Washington, D.C., by President Bill Clinton and NEA Chairman Jane Alexander. She later served as deputy chairman for grants and partnership, and then as senior deputy chairman of the NEA. During her eight years at the Arts Endowment, Scott helped both chairman Jane Alexander and chairman Bill Ivey
develop national initiatives such as the national Arts Education Partnership, Arts Reach and the Challenge America grants program to broaden public access to the excellence and diversity of the arts and arts education across America. Scott also served as the executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission from 1980 to 1994 and on their staff for 23 years.
Scott currently serves as president of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, on the Southern Arts Federation executive committee and on the board of trustees of International Arts & Artists, and the Arts in Basic Curriculum Program advisory committee. In 2001 Scott was invited by the U.S. Department of State and the Soros Foundation to assist Mongolia in developing an arts council. She now serves on the international advisory board for the Arts Council of Mongolia. She has also worked internationally with organizations in Brazil, Japan, Australia and Ireland.
Scott is a graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina, and Harvard University's Institute in Arts Administration. She is the recipient of the 2005 Winthrop University Medal of the Arts, the 2004 South Carolina Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Individual Award for the Arts, and in 1995 the South Carolina Arts Alliance established the "Scottie" Award in her name and she was the first recipient.