Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., University of South Carolina’s vice president for system planning, began serving as the interim chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate on Monday, August 1. She replaces Chancellor Thomas F. Moore whose resignation took effect July 30.
“I am honored to be serving as the interim chancellor at USC Upstate and to be entrusted with leading USC Upstate during this transitional time period,” said Fitzpatrick. “USC Upstate is of great importance to the state of South Carolina with its special metropolitan mission to serve the Upstate region. For more than a decade, USC Upstate has been ranked as one of the best institutions in the Southeastern United States. I have a great foundation to build upon and tremendous talent to work with—there is an innovative strength and a collaborative spirit evident on our campus. It will be my privilege to guide and nurture that spirit.”
Fitzpatrick, an Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology, has served as vice president of system planning for nearly a year, responsible for ensuring the improvement of quality, coordination and effectiveness and long-range planning for the statewide system, which has nearly 50,000 students across eight campuses.
In the 10 years leading up to system planning role, Fitzpatrick served as the dean of USC’s College of Arts and Sciences, directing the recruitment of 300 new tenure-track faculty and overseeing efforts to open new centers, institutes and programs and a new School of Earth, Ocean and Environment.
As an associate vice president and vice provost, she spearheaded USC’s On Your Time initiative, which reengineered the academic calendar to include a third semester option during the summer that allows students to graduate sooner or pursue co-op, internship and study abroad opportunities.
USC President Harris Pastides, anticipates having a new chancellor in place by the first of the year, said Fitzpatrick is the perfect choice to lead USC Upstate during the transition.
“Dr. Fitzpatrick will make the leadership of USC Upstate her full-time mission during the coming months,” Pastides said. “She will not simply be a caretaker but will build upon USC Upstate’s momentum, advance the forward progress and ensure a strong foundation for a permanent chancellor. Her familiarity with the system and the USC Upstate campus, as well as her skills as gifted administrator and higher education leader, will prove invaluable during this time.”
USC Upstate offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and teacher education, and master’s degrees in education, informatics, and nursing. Among the fastest-growing universities in South Carolina, USC Upstate is a diverse and dynamic community of 6,000 students from across the Upstate, 36 states, and 15 countries.
Classes begin on Thursday, August 18 where nearly 800 new freshman students will be added to the student enrollment and 25 new full-time faculty members will begin teaching at USC Upstate.
“I look forward to meeting and interacting with students, faculty, staff, and alumni over the next few months as we work together to make USC Upstate an even stronger institution in the next decade,” Fitzpatrick, who will address the nearly 400 faculty and staff members at the annual University Day on Wednesday, August 17 at 8 a.m.
For more information, contact Tammy Whaley, assistant vice chancellor for university communications, at (864) 503-52100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.