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The University of South Carolina Upstate announces the appointment of Dr. Charles F. Harrington to the post of senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2012, replacing Dr. Marsha Dowell, who has served as senior vice chancellor since 2008 and is retiring at the end of June.

Harrington joins the senior leadership team at USC Upstate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he is a professor of management and international business. He served UNC Pembroke as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs from 2005-2010.

“As the chief academic, planning and operations officer for the university, Dr. Harrington will bring two decades of experience in areas critical for the future of USC Upstate — academic programs, institutional growth, and program development,” says Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate. “Charley Harrington has demonstrated great capacity to lead and manage in areas of academic excellence, enrollment growth, academic planning, student success, curriculum development, faculty recruitment and development, and budget management,” adds Moore.

Harrington’s career in higher education includes administrative experience as well as undergraduate and graduate teaching. He served as assistant vice president for academic affairs and director of institutional research and assessment at the University of Southern Indiana and as assistant director of institutional research and planning at State University of West Georgia. He has taught human resource management, organizational behavior, statistics, economics, management and international business.

Harrington’s background in higher education administration and educational research complements Dr. Moore’s background and will make them a good leadership team. “He is personable, engaging and very focused on students,” says Moore, adding that his skills in data collection, assessment and management will guide the university as it grows.

“I am tremendously excited to be joining USC Upstate.  With Tom Moore at the helm, the university is on the brink of greatness, and I am deeply gratified to have this opportunity to help make a difference in achieving that vision.  USC Upstate is an outstanding institution and a wonderful example of all that a metropolitan university should be,” says Harrington.

Harrington earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration and educational research from Ohio University. His master’s degree is in non-profit management from Drexel University; his undergraduate degree in philosophy is from Ohio University. He holds certificates from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management Program and Higher Education Management Development Program.

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a coeducational, public, comprehensive metropolitan institution located in Spartanburg along the thriving I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte. USC Upstate is home to 5,500 students from 36 states and 51 nations.

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