FLORENCE – Judge Ralph King “Tripp” Anderson III, a a Florence native has been named the 1999 Francis Marion University Outstanding graduate.
Judge Anderson graduated cum laude from FMU in 1980. The FMU Alumni Association announced the 1999 Outstanding Alumnus at an award dinner Saturday, May 8.
On hand to make remarks during the award dinner were Teresa C. Anderson (FMU graduate ’73, ’76), FMU Alumni Association President; Dr. Luther F. “Fred” Carter, FMU President-Elect, and a former FMU Outstanding Alumnus Award recipient, Jerry D. “Jay” Vinson Jr. (FMU graduate ’81).
Judge Anderson earned a bachelor of science degree in political science and in 1984, earned the Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar. He held the position of Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Carolina from 1984 to 1995.
In 1994, Judge Anderson was elected to one of six seats as an Administrative Law Judge in Columbia whose jurisdiction covers all litigation relating to state agencies in licensing and permitting activities in South Carolina. As an Administrative Law Judge, Judge Anderson hears environmental cases, alcohol-licensing disputes, cases involving the video poker industry, and other appeals and hearings from state agencies.
He also serves as chairman of two committees operating in the Administrative Law Judge Division – the internal rules committee and the computer services committee.
At Francis Marion, Judge Anderson was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. As an undergraduate, Judge Anderson authored “A Survey on Attributes Considered Important for Presidential Candidates,” Carolina Undergraduate Sociology Symposium, April 17, 1980.
In 1995, in celebration of FMU’s 25th anniversary, he was selected as one of the University’s 25 most distinguished alumni.
Professionally, Judge Anderson has been involved in the implementation of the Statewide Grand Jury section, and has handled numerous prosecutions, including criminal cases, Medical Board prosecutions, and other litigation. He has also served as a Committee Attorney in state employee grievance cases and has lectured on Ethics and Employment Law at various S.C. Bar Association seminars.
Additionally, he has served as a member of the Institutional Review Board for the S.C. Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Judge Anderson is active in many church activities at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. He is a voracious reader and a sports enthusiast. He “gives back” to his alma mater through his establishment and support of the Ralph King Anderson Scholarship at Francis Marion. It is in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as an attorney and judge that this award is given.
Other Outstanding FMU Alumni are Diane S. DeVaughn ’73 (1980-1981), Bertha Baumrind ’74 (1982-1983), Thomas P. Taylor ’72 (1983-1984), John William McLeod ’74 (1984-1985), Lawrence J. Bartol ’76 (1985-1986) and M. Glenn Odom ’75 (1986-1987).
Also, Dr. Kay Lawrimore ’77 (1987-1988), Big John Calcutt, Jr. ’76 (1988-1989), Dr. Stephen E. Boatwright ’78 (1989-1990), Nancy C. Townsend ’84, ’90 (1990-1991), William W. Coleman ’71 (1991-1992), Robert F. Hyman, III ’77 (1992-1993), T. Graham Edwards ’75 (1993-1994), Terry Williams ’77 (1994-1995), Ken Jackson ’84 (1995-1996), Jay Vinson ’81 (1996-1997), and Dr. Robert W. Moore ’80 (1997-1998).
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