Minor Mickel Shaw has dedicated her career to public service and to promoting higher education in South Carolina. Her introduction to South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) began through her father, Buck Mickel, who served on the SCICU board for 26 years, from 1963–1991. Shaw served on the SCICU board for 14 years, including as chair from 1995–1997. In 2011, she joined her father as a life trustee of the SCICU organization. She continues to support SCICU through annual gifts to the SCICU Student/Faculty Undergraduate Research Program and the SCICU Student Lifeline Grants Program.
Shaw is president of Micco LLC, a private investment company located in Greenville, South Carolina. For decades, she has been a leader and philanthropist, helping to transform the region as a whole.
Shaw’s family created the Daniel Foundation, which was later renamed in 1993 the Daniel-Mickel Foundation under Minor Shaw’s leadership. To date, she and the foundation have contributed more than $1.7 million to SCICU programs over the past 50 years.
Shaw serves on the board of directors of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, on the advisory board of Duke Energy, and as a trustee of the Hollingsworth Funds. Earlier, she was chair of the Belle Baruch Foundation and is a past board member of Piedmont Natural Gas and a past member of the Duke Energy Advisory board.
Shaw served as chair of the Wofford College board of trustees and has received honorary degrees from Wofford College, Furman University, Francis Marion University, and Clemson University. She has received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor; and the Wilkins Citizenship Award from the Riley Institute at Furman University. She is a laureate in the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.