USC Upstate Names Five Finalists In Chancellor Search

March 31, 2011 at 8:41 am

UPDATE 4/1/11: David Belcher has removed himself from consideration for the position of chancellor.

Spartanburg, S.C. — The University of South Carolina Upstate Chancellor Search Committee has announced five finalists for the position to replace Chancellor John Stockwell.

Dr. Richard Combes, chairman of the search committee and an associate professor of philosophy at USC Upstate, announced the finalists as:

• David Belcher, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Arkansas at Little Rock;

• Kurt Geisinger, W.C. Meierhenry Distinguished University Professor; director, Buros Center for Testing, University of Nebraska — Lincoln;

• Tim Hudson, special assistant to the chancellor for international programs and initiatives, University of Houston System;

• Thomas Moore, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, Winthrop University; and

• Ray Wallace, provost and senior vice chancellor, University of Arkansas — Fort Smith.

“We want to make sure all candidates are seen by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community constituents by the end of April,” said Combes. “The finalists’ candidate letters expressing interest in the position, curriculum vitae and schedules of visits will be released as soon as possible.”

The finalists were selected from an initial pool of 63 applicants and after the search committee conducted video interviews on Friday and Monday with 12 semifinalists. Each of the finalists will soon visit campus where they will have interviews and meet with campus constituencies.

“At the end of this process, the Chancellor Search Committee will present three names to USC President Pastides that we are confident any one of whom could do the job. We are not going to skimp due to time constraints, although this process is moving along nicely and I do anticipate having a new chancellor in place by July 1.”

Stockwell announced in December 2010 that he will step down in August 2011, following 17 years of leadership resulting in outstanding growth in the academic reputation, student enrollment, capital development and public/private partnerships of the University.

To learn more about the chancellor search, visit or contact Dr. Richard Combes at (864) 503-5676 or