Marcia L. Hale, president of Building America’s Future – a national infrastructure coalition co-chaired by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Gov. Ed Rendell and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood – has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumnae Award for her outstanding service to the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences. She will receive the award at the college’s annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner on March 21 at the Riverbanks Zoo Ndoki Lodge in Columbia.

Hale serves on the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Council. A 1974 alumnae, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina.

Hale is an experienced public policy strategist with an extensive career in the public and private sectors. She has consulted for numerous technology companies, including RIM and Google, as well as assisting several national philanthropic organizations. She has held senior-level positions in government and national campaigns, including the White House, where she was assistant to the president, serving as director of intergovernmental affairs following a year as director of scheduling and advance, both for President Bill Clinton.

Hale grew up on the edge of Hitchcock Woods, first at the end of Berrie Road (Fermata Lane) and then on Grace Circle, and learned to ride as a girl.

Returning to Aiken after earning her master’s degree, where she worked for Aiken County in the planning department, Marcia renewed her love of “The Woods,” riding with The Aiken Hounds as a guest of Monsignor George Lewis Smith. She returns nearly every Thanksgiving for the Blessing of the Hounds at the Hitchcock Memorial Gate, within walking distance of her childhood homes.

Please join us in recognizing Hale, whose service and expertise have helped to advance the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences. Tickets for the Recognition of Excellence Dinner are $35 and are available through the College’s Office of External Relations. For more information, call 803-777-9201, or email Ann Cameron at