The faculty and staff at the University of South Carolina Upstate assembled for its annual University Day on Wednesday, August 19 in the Sansbury Campus Life Center, just one day before more than 5,600 students begin classes on the Spartanburg campus, at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, and at the USC Upstate Greenville Campus at the University Center Greenville.
USC Upstate Chancellor Tom Moore reported a record number of 860 freshman students and 890 transfer students are enrolled for fall semester and first-year student retention rates remain very favorable thanks to multiple student success initiatives, including programs funded by a $2.2 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant.
Moore also made several staffing announcements:
- Clif Flynn is serving as interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs
- Warren Carson, who currently serves as chief diversity officer, will chair the coordinating unit for all diversity programs and be the Title IX coordinator
- Chris Hanke is serving as interim vice chancellor for information technology and services
- Stacey Mills is serving as interim director of the USC Upstate Greenville Campus
- Laura Puckett-Boler, who currently serves as dean of students, has been promoted to vice chancellor for student affairs
- Khrystal Smith, who currently serves as director of student life, has been promoted to assistant dean of students
- Donette Stewart, who currently serves as associate vice chancellor for enrollment services, has been promoted to vice chancellor for enrollment services
During Moore’s address, he welcomed 29 new faculty members to the campus community and presented data to illustrate the “efficient excellence” of USC Upstate. He also spoke of three major initiatives that support the University’s metropolitan mission The Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement, Child Advocacy Studies,
and the Metropolitan Studies Institute.
“I look forward to the year ahead and working with the faculty, staff, students and community,” said Moore. “We have much work to accomplish and I plan to especially focus on building a campus environment that promotes civility, shared governance, and cooperation among faculty, staff and administration.”
In his concluding remarks, Moore stated, “My wife, Marsha, and I have decided that we have countless other things that call for our attention…our family, our friends and our many interests. With that being the case, I have told USC President Harris Pastides that it is my intention to step down at a time when he feels that USC Upstate can recruit the kind of chancellor to lead this institution and that this great university deserves.”
In a statement USC President Harris Pastides said, “Chancellor Moore has served this university admirably during a period of tremendous momentum but also a time of challenge for higher education. There’s an excitement around campus as students return for the fall semester. We expect that enrollment at USC Upstate will be at an all-time high.
“Tom and his wife, Marsha, have made the decision to spend more time with family and friends and to pursue their many interests. But now is not the time to sit idle. An exciting and productive year awaits and there is work to be done as we seek to build on our successes. Let me be clear, Tom will not be a lame duck—progress must continue.
“At the appropriate time we will begin a search that will enable us to find the best chancellor possible to lead USC Upstate in the next era. I look forward to working with Tom and the faculty, staff and students at Upstate as we begin the academic year.”
For more information, contact Tammy E. Whaley, assistant vice chancellor for university communications at (864) 503-5210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.