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The University of South Carolina Upstate will hold its Convocation Honoring December Graduates on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:45 p.m. at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. The University expects 350 students to graduate.

Dr. Charles Harrington, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of South Carolina Upstate, will deliver the graduation address. Harrington joined the senior leadership team at USC Upstate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he was a professor of management and international business. He served UNC Pembroke as provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs from 2005-2010.

His career in higher education includes administrative experience as well as undergraduate and graduate teaching. Harrington 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 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.

USC Upstate will present the 2012 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award to Dr. Sherwood Thompson, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University. Thompson is President of The National Academy of Educational Research and Executive Board Member of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research. Since completing the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at USC Upstate in 1980, Thompson has attained distinction through a lengthy and productive career in education. He earned a Master of Education and Doctor of Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

In addition to being awarded two faculty fellowships from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, he has been a recipient of the following: the Mid-Level Professional Training Certificate from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities Dean’s Leadership Institute Fellow;  the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Dean’s Leadership Institute Fellow; the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Advanced Development Institute for Deans Fellow; and he is a UC Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy Fellow.  Thompson has served as the Principle Investigator for the Call Me Mister® Program at Eastern Kentucky University, an African American male teacher leadership program and he also serves as Principle Investigator for The Best Should Teach Program, a teaching excellence program for district and University educators.

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. The 2013 U.S. News & World Report ranked USC Upstate #1 among Public Regional Colleges in the South. USC Upstate is home to 5,500 students from 36 states and 51 nations. USC Upstate boasts an alumni base of more than 21,500, with the majority of these graduates remaining in the Upstate to build their lives and careers. To learn more, visit www.uscupstate.edu.

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