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S Catherine Anderson , J.D.

  • Emeriti Faculty
  • McColl School of Business

S. Catherine Anderson holds a B.S. in Financial Management and a Juris Doctorate degree and was a partner in the law firm Few & Anderson, a firm specializing in complex civil litigation on referral from other attorneys. Her primary areas of practice included product liability, catastrophic medical negligence, and commercial contract litigation.

In 1984, she joined the faculty of the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. In addition to having held administrative positions as University Provost and Vice-Chair of the McColl School, she taught ethics, the legal environment of business, and creativity development in the MBA and EMBA programs. Cathy’s teaching garnered her the Grier Distinguished Professor award, the first Fuqua Distinguished Educator award, and the Wireman Chair of Business Administration.

Her academic and professional service work has included serving as staff editor for the Journal of Legal Studies in Business and Journal of Legal Studies Education. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar and has served as national president of Sisters in Crime and secretary of Mystery Writers of America, both national writers organizations. She is also a founding board member/president of the Mecklenburg Forensic Medicine Program, hospital systems and law enforcement collaborative establishing training and procedures for evidence collection and preservation.

She has written or collaborated on five technical books, five novels, and numerous articles, including a volume on legal damages for South Carolina Jurisprudence, Obstetrical Malpractice, and articles/cases on entrepreneurial ventures, poisons, employment rights, business ethics, and developing creativity.

She offers management seminars on topics such as negotiation, writing and speaking skills, business ethics, creativity/innovation, and business start-ups. Her consulting and speaking experience is diverse: she has spoken at national symposia on emergency research issues and before an FDA/NIH joint hearing on informed consent in emergency care research; helped research and evaluate the economic impact of a South Carolina gold mining operation; conducted business basics seminars for groups such as the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the Carolina Panthers, and jail inmates; negotiation skills workshops for physician leadership groups, including the Mecklenburg Medical Society, Carolinas Health Care System, Southeastern Anesthesiology Associates, CMC Internal Medicine, Roper Hospital, and New Hanover Medical Center; creativity workshops for school principals, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Horizon Lines, writers groups, and corporate CEOs; and seminars for banks, internal audit teams, not-for-profits, community foundations, city-county government, property managers and developers, civic leadership training programs, and others.

She currently consults in the areas of creativity/innovation, storytelling as a leadership tool, business start-up, and negotiation.


  • B.S. Finance; Clemson University
  • J.D.; University of South Carolina School of Law


  • Grier Award and multiple Fuqua Awards Queens
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