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Lys Duffey

Lys Duffey is the Administrative Coordinator at the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Business Manager, Scheduler, HR contact, Payroll contact, and Building Coordinator at Walker Institute and is an Alumnus of the University of South Carolina.

Lys’s education includes a Bachelor Degree of Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of South Carolina in 2013. Working in administrative positions for over 6 years she felt right at home at The Walker Institute.

Born as an Illinoisan and raised as a “Dur-mite” (Durham, N.C) she graduated from Hillside High School of Durham, North Carolina and continued to higher education on a volleyball scholarship to St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a rising senior she transferred to the University of South Carolina at Columbia to finish her undergraduate studies.

Currently residing at Walker Institute, Lys enjoys helping run Walker Institute and working alongside the Area Studies Directors of Walker Institute, Advisory Board members, Faculty associates, and supervising staff and graduate assistants. The greatest pleasure she has at Walker Institute is ensuring quality performance in responsibilities, executing plans with the Director of Walker Institute, budgeting operations, and hosting events and meeting new faces of our Columbia community, USC Faculty and Students.

Lys’s Favorite Quotes:

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” –Milton Berle

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” –Steve Jobs