Accounting Professor Named Governor’s Professor of the Year for South Carolina

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Christine Crosby, who teaches accounting at York Technical College, was named the 2005 Governor's Professor of the Year for South Carolina's two-year colleges in a ceremony last Thursday at the state Capitol Rotunda. The formal citation is accompanied by a $5,000 check.

Ms. Crosby served as Accounting Program Manager, the equivalent of department chair, at York Tech for 10 years but left that position in 2005 to return to full-time classroom teaching and academic advising, according to a biography on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) web site.

The fourth of 10 siblings, Crosby identifies with many of her students who didn't enter a four-year college immediately following high school, according to The Herald of Rock Hill, South Carolina. She returned to school in her mid-20's, earned her master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) and began teaching at York Tech 28 years ago, the Herald reports.

“These students who have difficulty in their life, I have to pull them aside,” she told the Herald. “I can remember those instructors who saw that in me and pulled me aside. One said, ‘You're going to be a teacher.'”

Students describe her as a teacher who cares, according to the Herald.

“She makes accounting come alive,” one student wrote on a student evaluation form according to the CHE web site.

“Chris is a teacher's teacher,” a fellow instructor is quoted on the CHE web site as saying, “because she is the kind of teacher that all teachers should emulate…She takes not only a professional interest in [her students], but a personal one as well.”

Crosby has also been a recipient of the President's Award for Exemplary Service (2005) the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's Excellence in Teaching Award (2002), and State Adviser of the Year Award from Phi Beta Lambda (1990).

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