Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Princess Porter
Dr. Princess Porter, a 1998 graduate of USC Upstate, owns and operates Porter Chiropractic Clinic in downtown Spartanburg. The entrepreneurial spirit, she says, is one of her biggest accomplishments, and in fact is a “continuous process of learning that challenges me and keeps me striving for more.”
That same spirit of determination and accomplishment was evident when Porter was a student at USC Upstate, majoring in biology. In addition to her studies, she also found time to be president of the Student Government Association, president of the African American Association, a member of the Campus Activities Board and involved with the Upward Bound program.
Laura Puckett-Boler (dean of students) and Frances Jarratt-Hortis (assistant vice chancellor for Student and Diversity Affairs), whom Porter remembers fondly as faculty members who left the greatest impressions on her, encouraged Porter to give back to the school and to the community. Both women, she says, “taught me to believe in myself and my abilities” and helped her discover the importance of continual self-improvement and the importance of giving back whenever possible. Additionally, USC Upstate equipped Porter with the desire to take an active interest in her patients, and in the community in which she practices.
So today, in addition to practicing chiropractic, she is involved with Focus on Leadership, the Grassroots Leadership Development Institute, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at Spartanburg Community College. She resides in Spartanburg and her family includes two young nephews.