The University of South Carolina Upstate announced today it will establish an additional location at 501 River Street to provide a long-desired footprint in downtown Greenville and to allow for increased metropolitan engagement with the Greenville community.
“USC Upstate is clearly moving in the right direction in Greenville and this expansion certainly enables the University to live its metropolitan mission,” said Chancellor Tom Moore. “Securing this vital space in the heart of downtown Greenville enlarges our academic footprint. This facility will be a headquarters for engaging with the Greenville community. A program in urban and regional studies is currently awaiting approval and it would make a perfect fit for the downtown Greenville location.”
According to Moore, a very attractive lease agreement between USC Upstate and Phil Hughes, president of Hughes Investments, made this deal possible. For a minimal monthly rental fee, USC Upstate has use of 5,600 square feet of office and classroom space and Hughes Investments will place those funds in the Upstate Leadership Speakers Fund to create the Hughes Collaborative Speaker Series.
“Upstate South Carolina is fortunate to have dynamic higher educational institutions like USC Upstate and the entire community will benefit greatly from this new program in downtown Greenville. Imagine not only the expanded opportunities of study for the students, but also the long term improvements that will result as a direct outcome of this cutting-edge curriculum,” said Hughes. “It has been a great pleasure working with USC Upstate to collaborate together to make this dream a reality.”
Dr. Abe Goldberg, director of Service-Learning and Community Engagement and associate professor of political science, said “The Hughes Collaborative Speaker Series will provide a high-profile forum for local residents to hear from national leaders. It represents an ongoing opportunity to learn as a community and ignite conversations about the exciting opportunities and challenges we face in the region. We are grateful for our partnership with Phil, who shares and inspires our love of the Upstate.”
While plans are still fluid for which new academic initiatives will be housed at the downtown site, Moore said he expects the facility to be fully operational by August. “The recently-formed Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement is an excellent example of an initiative that could collaborate from this space and allow USC Upstate students to enrich their college experience by participating in organized service activities with a community partner to meet identified community needs,” said Moore.
Dr. Rob McCormick, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, added “The dynamic redevelopment of downtown Greenville is a perfect laboratory for students to study urban and regional issues. This new facility is essential to providing our students with the best opportunities to study the exciting growth in our region while working with community leaders to make Upstate South Carolina an even greater place to live and work.”
As USC Upstate works to expand its presence and academic footprint in downtown Greenville, no changes will come to the programs currently delivered at the University Center Greenville where it offers bachelor’s degree completion and master’s degrees.
Moore said, “We have no plans to move any courses or programs away from the University Center, and in fact we expect a downtown presence to help us recruit students to programs at UCG and our Spartanburg campus. “
Mr. Stacey Mills, interim executive director of the USC Upstate Greenville Campus, said “USC Upstate continues to offer excellent academic programs for transfer students, working adults and adults re-entering the work force in the Upstate region. The community can confidently depend on extended office hours and evening class times to accommodate those exploring degree completions at the University Center and our new River Street site.”
For additional information, contact Tammy Whaley, assistant vice chancellor for university communications, at (864) 503-5210.